Microinterview: Spencer Nitkey

Spencer Nitkey’s 100 word microfiction, “Before the Sky Came Crumbling”, will appear in the first issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 1, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2020). Spencer graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.

Spencer Nitkey

1. What inspired the story “Before the Sky Came Crumbling”?

Most of my stories start with a sentence that excites me: a single image and phrase. This story was one of those times. Once the first sentence and Hope were there, I was inspired to capture a moment that spoke to the end of childhood, and how dramatic and momentous those moments can be.

2. What inspires you and your writing?

I love well-wrought sentences more than anything else.

3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?

The people I love and the people who love me. The people around the world who are not giving up. Those who organize, fight, and build better worlds every day. Writing.

4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?

I’m hesitant to give anyone advice besides advice that’s been the most helpful for me: write what scares you, try hard, do it for love not money, and write what you would want to read.

5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?


Spencer Nitkey is a writer and researcher living in New Jersey. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Corvid Queen, Short Edition, The Gateway Review, Critical Read, and others.

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