Name: Nicola Koh
Role at Red Bird: Fiction Editor
How I became involved with Red Bird and why I agreed to do it:
The first literary event I went to in the Twin Cities was a reading by one of my teachers at Hamline, the inestimably great Deborah Keenan. It was for her collaborative chapbook, so she had the world, which placed her poems beside paintings from Susan Solomon that inspired the poems. Reading through the chapbook hurled me across my preconceived borders of what literature was and could be—and what it could be was beautiful, both in form and substance. Over the course of the next year, I learned more about Red Bird and its outstanding mission and dedication to literature, and finally summoned the courage to approach the Red Bird booth at the Rain Taxi Book Fair.
To my immense surprise and pleasure, they were happy to add me to the flock!
A little about my own work and what I am currently working on:
I have been writing a lot of literary fiction because it forces me to work on aspects of writing other than plot, which tends to be my strongest point. I’ve also been dabbling in poetry and nonfiction, also to strengthen my skills. But I also have a great fondness for the fantastical and young adult, which probably explains why I’m writing a novel about a group of disgruntled Christmas icons recruiting a teenage girl to help them sabotage Christmas.
My favorite thing(s) that can be found in the public domain:
So many things!
I’ve love finding spoken word on YouTube (a great channel is run by Button Poetry-- https://www.youtube.com/user/ButtonPoetry)
I’ve spent way too many hours developing my sense of irony with the stripped-down daily comic, xkcd-- http://xkcd.com/
And my very favorite thing which in my wildest moments I believe improves my writing, self, and the world in general is playing Tetris on http://tetrisfriends.com , where I can clear 40 lines in under 43 seconds.