Claude Clayton Smith is a Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University, an author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, and the latest winner of our nonfiction essay contest. His winning essay, “Question Mark,” caught our attention with its poignant descriptions of both the beginning and end of a relationship. The essay is featured in our Spring 2012 issue. Earlier this year, Iris connected with Claude via e-mail to ask him about his journey as a writer. Here’s what he had to say:
Winner of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Summer Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest, selected by Judge Steven Church
(Runners-up: Kirby Wright, “Ladder of Glass,” and Garrett J. Brown, “Galileo in the Uecker Seats”)
Great nonfiction essay story contest
Devour the Darling Plagues won first prize in the 2011 Jane's Stories Press Foundation nonfiction essay contest and another prize from Nob Hill Penwomen. This essay is now published in THE CHALK CIRCLE, edited by Tara Masih, available on Amazon.