Kim Steutermann Rogers’s 90 word microfiction, “Family Photo”, will appear in the fourth issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2021). Kim graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the story “Family Photo”?
This story hatched in a Tommy Dean workshop. The prompt encouraged the use of anaphora (a repeated word or phrase) as a way to escalate a story. I also recall an old black-and-white photo of a girl and boy in which the girl is looking adoringly at the boy, but the boy–wearing a bow tie and oversized wool jacket–is just plain miserable. I wondered what could make that boy so miserable.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
Easy: nature and great writing. One often serves as setting and content. The other provides breadcrumbs to get my fingers scribbling.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
Story. Story is always my salvation.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
Write. Read. Take part in writing workshops and clinics and discussions and readings and retreats.
Kim Steutermann Rogers spent a month in Alaska as the inaugural fellow at Storyknife Writers Retreat. She was recognized for “Notable Travel Writing 2019” in Best American Travel Writing. Her science journalism has been published in National Geographic, Audubon, and Smithsonian; and her prose in or forthcoming from Bending Genres, Emerge Literary Journal, and Flash Flood. She lives with her husband and dog in Hawaii. Read more of her work at kimsrogers.com and follow her on social media at @kimsrogers.