Monday, April 11, 2011

Ecological Fiction: Andrew Wingfield

Andrew Wingfield is a locally based fiction writer whose work explores the ways that people and places shape each other. He has written a novel that deals with human-mountain lion interactions in the northern California suburbs and, most recently, a collection of short stories that are all set in the same gentrifying neighborhood inside the Capital Beltway. He takes what he refers to as an ecological approach to writing fiction. That is, he’s interested not only in the relationships his human characters have with each other but also in the relationships his characters have with the other organisms around them, and with the spaces they share with these organisms. Andrew is interested in fiction that approaches questions of community in a more ecological sense of that word than is usually used in connection with literature.

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