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Story, Travis Kurowski

“Story is a double-sided, biannual magazine devoted to the complex and diverse world of narrative. The editors are not only interested in short fiction, but instead innovative, human stories in any shape or form and from as diverse a population as possible—mathematics, narrative poetry, musical notation, graphic design, you name it. We are also very much interested in research, essays, and interviews about how stories work to define and complicate our world.” Each issue of Story focuses on a different theme like Technology, Monsters, Climate Change, Migration, etc. It is based in York, Pennsylvania. On their website, they publish fiction, poetry, and interviews. Interview with Travis Kurowski, Editor of Story.

 

When and how did you become interested in editing?

Probably after picking up my first issue of The Paris Review in college at Southern Oregon University. Even before that I worked as a student fiction reader for West Wind Review, the national literary journal SOU produced (still produces)—but the work didn’t click with me then for some reason. But after getting hooked on The Paris Review and lit mags in general, I just wanted to be a part of that magic in every way possible. Sending my writing to these journals hoping to get published wasn’t enough. I wanted to know more about what happened behind the curtain. After college, while working at a restaurant in Portland, Oregon named Besaw’s Café, I met Win McCormack, the founding publisher of Tin House. He came down every once and awhile for lunch and I would chat with him. Eventually we got on the subject of books and I learned about Tin House. Before I knew it I was interning at Tin House—and the world of editing exploded. I found out quickly it was much more complicated, and much more awesome, than I’d imagined. I’ve been involved in editing/publishing to a greater or lesser degree ever since.

 

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