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The World is in the Details
While writing a novel is in many ways different from writing a poem, the keys to creating a “world” or experience for the reader begins, in both cases, in the details around us. From an anecdote about a Buddha statue, to a newspaper story about a caiman, to memories of the ways people drive in a small town, paying attention to the memorable (and even seemingly small) details can lead to unexpected meanings and stories–as I discovered and rediscovered in the eight years of writing The Principles Behind Flotation.
About Alexandra Teague
Alexandra Teague was born in Fort Worth, Texas, grew up in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and has since lived in Missouri, Montana, Florida (where she earned her MFA at the University of Florida in 1998), Hawaii, California, and Idaho. Her first book of poetry, Mortal Geography, (Persea 2010) won the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award. Her second book, The Wise and Foolish Builders, was published by Persea in April 2015. Her first novel, The Principles Behind Flotation, was published in March 2017 from Skyhorse.
Her poetry has also appeared in anthologies including Best American Poetry 2009 and New California Writing 2012 and 2013, as well as journals including The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, Threepenny Review, and The Southern Review.
A 2006-2008 Stegner Fellow at Stanford, a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and winner of the 2014 Jeffrey E. Smith Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, Ms. Teague is Associate Professor of Poetry at University of Idaho, faculty advisor for Fugue, and an editor for Broadsided Press. She is also a member of the Moscow Arts Commission, and a founding member of the BASK Collective. She lives in Moscow, Idaho, with her husband, the musician and composer Dylan Champagne.