• Spectrum Staff

Humans of Spectrum: Kayla Matzek


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


I wanted to be a part of Spectrum mostly for the discovery of new, unique writers and artists. But I also wanted to join because I didn't know much about literary magazines, and the experience has shown me that it wouldn't hurt to send in my own pieces to magazines because it would be awesome to be discovered.


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


Something weird. Something that leaves me confused but also satisfied that I'm so confused. I like to see or read things that are out of the ordinary, or something that has the best plot twist imaginable.


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


The genres I'm most interested in usually would be suspense or tragedy. I enjoy being on the edge of my seat with a page-turner type of book but I also love to be moved by what I'm reading. When a story makes me cry, I know they've done an outstanding job.


Can you share a short story about your own writing?


I tend to write stories on true events that have happened in my life. I find it easier to provide more detail and feeling when it's nonfictional, and when I try for a fictional story I'm never satisfied with it.