Hey! That’s a Short Interview! with Meagan Cass
Magic Helicopter Press Presents
“Hey! That’s a Short Interview!”
Here at MHP we love our authors and wish we could talk to them ALL THE TIME, FOR THE REST OF TIME. However, we understand that writers are BUSY and according to some physicists the universe is going to end in 5 billion years, so really, who has time for anything?
Thus, to balance our love for our writers and our respect for their scant time before the end of the known universe we will be conducting super short, four question interviews with them to see WHAT’S UP and maybe, if we’re lucky HAVE SOME FUN. (Lucky? OF COURSE WE’LL HAVE FUN!) (#FUN)
Our third interview is with Meagan Cass, author of Range of Motion. Meagan’s interview is the most athletic to date. (In the time it took me to write that sentence, it scored three goals and chugged a liter or orange Gatorade.) Seriously though, from her writing to her teaching to her casual head wear, Meagan’s life is permeated by sports. What better way to PUMP UP the literary community?
"She’d give the kids a repetitive task—thirty toe-touches, fifty jumping jacks—then find him behind a tree playing with the monster figurines he’d snuck from home in his shorts pockets."
Can we have a picture of you wearing something on your head?
I was a hockey player back when I lived in NY and was working on my MFA. I’ve managed to keep all the gear through four years in Louisiana, a year in Los Angeles, and five different apartments. Look out, Springfield.
What are you currently working on, writing or otherwise?
I’m working on a full length collection of stories that sort of takes off from Range of Motion in terms of the sports/games theme, except with more of a focus on lady athletes. I’ve got stories about women’s ice hockey, girls high school basketball, dysfunctional girls’ soccer teams, some riffs on America’s Funniest Home Videos and some other stuff I’m too superstitious to mention. Also I’m developing a new literature course for the University of Illinois Springfield, where I teach. It’s themed around sports and leisure and will include everything from Stuart Dybek’s “Death of the Right Fielder” to T.A. Noonan and Erin Elizabeth Smith’s Skate or Die to Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter to Gabe Durham’s Fun Camp. I’m real excited about it.
What’s the best thing you’ve absorbed lately (we’re thinking books, film, art, but take it however you like)?
Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins, Spectacle by Susan Steinberg, We are Taking Only What We Need by Stephanie Powell Watts, Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill (I know…way late the party with that one),The Stories We Tell directed by Sarah Polley, “Night Still Comes” by Neko Case, and the music of the Mountain Goats always and forever.