LOCKED IN A SMALL TOWN CAGE WITH MY SUPERHEROES
Posted on December 15th, 2012
(AND HAVING NO WAY TO GET AN MFA)
By RICK ROFIHE
Rick Rofihe (1 HS) is the author of Father Must, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on epiphanyzine, slushpilemag, and fictionaut. Rick is Editor of the online literary journal Anderbo.
MFA or no MFA, it takes a lot of stamina to become, and then continue to be, a writer. As an MFA professor at Columbia, I envied the talents of some of the writing students; also their sophisticated backgrounds which gave them much grist for the things they were writing, whereas I grew up in a provincial town which at the time had no bookstore and no library—no library even at school. I listened to “Superman” on the radio, read Uncle Scrooge comic books, and then, when the time seemed right, I began writing a short story, and it was accepted at The New Yorker.
Fiction by Rick Rofihe forthcoming in 1 HOT ST.