Two-time Midwest Literary Walk participant Keith Taylor is featured in the latest issue of Midwestern Gothic. His poem, “The Weaver” appears in issue 2 of this literary journal published quarterly out of Ann Arbor.
The journal is dedicated to featuring work about or inspired by the Midwest, by writers who live or have lived in the region.
Here’s a sample of their recent interview with Keith Taylor about the impact of the Midwest and his life and writing:
How has the Midwest influenced your writing?
Much of what I write about most is the landscape, history and personalities found in this part of our planet. The Midwest is all over most of what I do, including the poem in Midwestern Gothic.
If I have any reputation at all as a writer (and what could that mean in this day and age?!), it is probably as a nature writer from the upper Midwest. I am happy with that. So I could say, the Midwest has shaped my themes and my concerns.
The great Charles Baxter has written about certain self-deprecating attitudes that predominate in Midwestern writing. That coupled with the well-known Canadian diffidence–yeah, I hear that in myself far too often. I wish it wasn’t there, and that I were more aggressive about pushing myself on the world. Or am I doing that now? Yipee!