While it may seem odd at first to promote an author that is not published by Miss Nyet, we are all about embracing talent, especially when it relates to Chicago authors. This is why we would like to introduce the latest work of Jason Fisk, a hyperfiction project titled ”Salt Creek Anthology”
Besides, the connection is not far-fetched, since Jason Fisk’s work has been released by CCLAP Publishing (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography), a prolific Chicago press that released 2 anthologies featuring short stories by Delphine Pontvieux back in 2011, “Amsterdamned if you do” and “American Wasteland”
Jason Fisk’s “Salt Creek Anthology” was written in an experimental manner. It is a collection of flash fiction (about 70+ stories of less that 1,000 words each). All of the stories are able to stand on their own as self contained stories, and theoretically, they can be read in any order. Fisk divided the project up into four threads of approximately 20 stories apiece. Each thread followed a neighbor, and what was happening in that house at that time.
For the second stop of his blog tour, Jason Fisk shares with us what inspired him to write this book:
City Mouse, Suburban Mouse
By Jason Fisk
Yes, Edgar Lee Master’s, Spoon River Anthology inspired Salt Creek Anthology. I know Spoon River Anthology is old, as a matter of fact, it came out in 1915, but I absolutely loved it when I first read it. It’s a collection of epitaphs (in the form of poems) from a small town. The more time you spend with these poems, the more you see the interconnectedness of the townspeople’s lives. You see the drama, affairs, death, sorrow, lost love, and much more.
From what I’ve read, Spoon River Anthology challenged the preconceived notions people held about small towns. Before Spoon River Anthology, people thought of these small towns as sleepy places where nothing exciting happened, but after they read the collection, their view changed. They began to realize that as much was happening in a small town as was anywhere elsewhere. Just stir in people and you have interesting human drama.
Originally, I had intended for Salt Creek Anthology to do the same thing, only to challenge the preconceived notion that nothing really happened in the suburbs. After moving to Chicago in 1992, I became aware of this pervasive idea that the city was superior to the suburbs, especially when it came to the arts and culture scene. The idea seemed to be prevalent in conversations I’d had with artists, writers, and musicians; If you were an artist of any type, and you were from the suburbs of Chicago, you did everything you could to latch onto Chicago; you referred to yourself as being “Chicago based,” or from the “Chicago-land area.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love the city of Chicago; however, I moved to suburbia when my wife and I had kids. I just got sick of driving around the block twelve times looking for a parking space with a screaming baby in the back seat. Add to that the cost of having a baby, plus the city being so damn expensive, and guess what? …I’m moving to the suburbs.
I now have a small house on a corner lot with a fenced in backyard, and two parks within walking distance: Paradise, right? No, not quite. I’m a personable guy, right? I enjoyed meeting and talking with my neighbors, but, boy oh boy, was I surprised at the dysfunction and drama that seemed to be buried just below the surface of my little utopian neighborhood – buried right next door and across the street. That’s where Salt Creek Anthology came from. I used my neighborhood as inspiration, sprinkled a little imagination in there, and came up with Salt Creek Anthology.
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We invite you to travel along with Jason Fisk on his next blog tour stop tomorrow, which will be hosted by Katherine Scott Nelson at www.katherinescottnelson.com