Shawn McClure


What is your favorite line from your piece featured in The Ginger Collect?

“The forest is ablaze with red, the sun spins in the sky like a giant pinwheel, and Fay divines her future with Emil in the chaos of windblown leaves.”

Who is your most beloved author?

Anton Chekhov has a special place in my heart, because he brings subtle details and emotions to life with a such simple and concise style. Even after a century and a half, they feel modern and relevant to me. I feel like I recognize his influence on some of my favorite contemporary authors.

Do you have a favorite quote from this author?

“It is devilishly cold, but the poor birds are already flying to Russia! They are driven by homesickness and love for their native land. If poets knew how many millions of birds fall victims to their longing and love for their homes, how many of them freeze on the way, what agonies they endure on getting home in March and at the beginning of April, they would have sung their praises long ago!”

What inspired your piece?

This piece was inspired by that first breath of cold autumn air that always feels electrified and heavy with significance to me, and by certain moments of my life when I try hard to see around the bend of time and into the future, but to no avail.

You can read Shawn McClure’s piece in Issue Three of The Ginger Collect: The Clapping Leaves.

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