Short Story Maestro
Short-story virtuoso Stuart Dybek treasures his Pilsen and Little Village roots. These live-out-loud communities nurtured his natural storytelling ability. Dybek shares a seemingly limitless collection of colorful, poetically recounted, and fond remembrances of the Czech/Slavic influences that dominated his early years. He was similarly fascinated by the Hispanic migration that reshaped those neighborhoods in later years, sparking a never-ending fascination with ethnic cultures in general.
“My advice to aspiring writers: Discover what kind of writer you want to be. There’s more to it than learning your craft; you must explore who you are, your identity.”