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Humans of Spectrum: Cal Kromelow

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

Why did you decide to participate in the production of Spectrum?

I thought I wanted to go into a career in Publishing after I graduated. Literary Publishing seemed closely related to that. I wanted an insider’s opinion, insider’s information, and I wanted the experience.

What do you look for in the submissions that you receive for the magazine?

I’m looking for a piece that reads well or sounds right. A piece could have intrigue, great characters, an amazing story, but if its writing doesn’t sound good, if the sentence structure doesn’t look right, if the words grind together or screech like metal on a chalkboard, then I just can’t fall into a piece and enjoy it.

What genre or form of Spectrum interests you most, and what about it speaks to you?

Poetry. When a poem sounds divine and stabs you with something meaningful, maybe it’s a story, an emotion, or a line; it resonates. And when a short, powerful piece of language really resonates with you, it pushes your consciousness back into your bones and you feel yourself experiencing the world, perhaps all of existence, through a new viewpoint.

Can you share a short story about your own writing?

In Jervey Tervalon’s short story class, we wrote a story each week and we’d workshop on Friday. At the beginning of class, we’d place all our pieces in the middle of the table, and someone would distribute them, and we’d read them anonymously. This one week, a cruel part of me wanted to write a short story that would make my classmates cry. So, I wrote a cheerful story about a fluffy stuffed bunny and her owner, a little girl who’d die from cancer. After the person reading my piece aloud finished the last line, he lowered the piece of paper, looked all of us in the eyes and he said, “Fuck whoever wrote this.” I felt so proud. I guess I’m just the type of person who loves it when writing can impact someone enough to make them feel something.

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