Classy Talk with John Wesley Horton

Posted Mon, 1/13/2014 - 10:06pm by  |  Category:

What is the title of your class?
Love & Theft

People should take this class if…
they’ve always known they have a felonious heart but they’ve been too shy to show it.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
Yes, find me on Facebook. I’m John Wesley Horton in Seattle.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?




The Far Field

The Monarch Review

Another at The Monarch Review

What’s your teaching philosophy?
I try to understand where everyone’s coming from and encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect. Beyond that, it’s something like this.

If you could only bring one novel, story, or poem to a deserted island, which would you bring and why?
My first choice might be a book on how to survive on a deserted island, like a Boy Scout handbook or a military field guide. But assuming I already know how to fish and start fires, I’d bring the Oxford English Dictionary, the font from which all novels, stories, and/or poems (in the English language) flow.

What are you currently working on?
Selling my manuscript of poems, plus playing around with a collection of literary travel essays about southern Italy.

If there was one piece of advice you could give an aspiring writer, what would it be?
Lighten up, but don’t stop writing.

What do you like best about Hugo House?
I love the housiness of it. It feels like somebody’s house in there. I love the community programing too, great reading series like Castalia and Cheap Wine & Poetry.

What are you reading now? If you could pair it with a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), what would you choose?

I’m reading a book about communicating with spirits. I’d pair it with one of my grandmother’s martinis. But I need to get the recipe first, hence the book.