Staff Q&A: Andrew Hahn

Andrew Hahn | Editor, Nonfiction

Andrew Hahn’s essays and poetry have been featured in Crab Creek Review, Crab Fat Magazine, Lunch, Pithead Chapel, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry among others. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Fort Lauderdale with his partner.

Whachya been reading/watching/enjoying lately?

Right now I’m currently reading The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, Tales of the City by Armisted Maupin, and just finished Stella Maris: And Other Key West Stories by Michael Carroll.

I’m always rewatching old episodes of Will & Grace, but lately my partner and I have been watching Dead to Me on Netflix!!

What do you look for in a strong submission?

I like when a submission slants sensory details to provide interiority and even foreshadowing. It’s also important to me that essays don’t shy away from going to the hard places, not that an essay has to deal with tragedy, but that the prose carves into the deepest level of honesty. If you’re afraid to share it, then I want to read it.

What do you love about rural creative communities?

I think, because of publishing, there’s this idea that one needs to live in a big city for a story to have zest or feel grounded. But rural creative communities hardly get recognized because more people are rushing to the cities. In my experience, rural communities get so excited when someone introduces the arts. They get to participate and see themselves reflected in stories, paintings, sculptures, etc., and I think that’s incredibly rewarding.

What’s something you wish you could change about/for rural creative communities?

MORE MORE MORE! People want to be involved. See about volunteering your time or talking to your favorite local organizations about starting community workshops.

What are your current obsessions?

I’m trying to write fiction, and I’m currently obsessed with a cinematic change in POV, having two storylines parallel and/or come together at the end. I guess I’m obsessed with fiction in general right now.

I also can’t get enough of Outshine fruit bars. Highly recommend.

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