DW: Your short story collection, View, was published in 2017. What story within the collection had the earliest publication history outside of being in the collection, and what was that history?
GP: “Hired Hand” was written in late 2002. I submitted it to the New England Review on October 25 and it was accepted on December 13, one of only a handful of stories I have ever submitted that were never rejected.
DW: How did the publication of this particular collection come about? Were you solicited by the publisher, win a contest, agent submission, etc.?
GP: I submitted the collection to Four Way Books in the summer of 2010 during their open reading period. It was rejected without any comment that I remember. In March 2014 I got an email from Martha Rhodes, the Director of Four Way. She said the collection had stayed with her, and their decision to reject it had bothered her ever since. She said if I had that collection available or any other she’d like to publish it. Fifteen minutes later, I had sent her an email accepting her offer, a Word file attached. She said they had commitments and it would take three years to publish the book. In March 2017, the collection appeared.
DW: Where do short stories fit within your life as an author? Primary form to work with, or something you write when an idea hits, or …?
GP: Short stories are the only thing I write. I am a shrinker, not an expander. The last story I wrote started at 3600 words and wound up at 1526. As I edit, I constantly repeat: “Too much, too much.”
DW: Where do short stories fit within your life as a reader?
GP: I am interested in mental hallways and tunnels. For that reason, I like vertically oriented short stories. Kafka’s “The Burrow” is an example, an interior and subterranean landscape, submerged content abounding.
DW: How will you be celebrating National Short Story Month this May?
GP: I will be writing short stories. To me, every month is Short Story Month.
DW: Thank you very much for your time!
Glen Pourciau’s Invite, was published by University Of Iowa Press in 2008 and won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. His collection, View, was published by Four Way Books in 2017. Pourciau lives in Plano, TX.