In 1988 Chuck Taylor split his time between living in a tent in the woods and in the back of his station wagon. His flash fiction, Re-Creation, draws from his experiences from that year.
Chuck says his is “a tale of marital conflict” and “a flight story.” He considers the decision to leave a marriage as something “positive and negative” but leaves the conclusion up in the air, because “in flight you are up in the air.” (And yes, his double meaning is intended.)
Fast forward thirty years and he’s a retired Texas A & M University professor who taught creative writing. He filled his days in between the past and the present performing as a magician and balloon clown “at magic shows and children’s birthday parties, churches, and schools.” He also worked as a bookstore clerk, survey taker, janitor, soft water salesman, maintenance man, and animal lab assistant. He served as a poet-in-residence for the City of Salt Lake, was a part-owner of Paperback Plus in Austin, and operated Slough Press for forty-one years.
His photography takes up a good chunk of time, although “good cameras and lenses are expensive” and the cost remains a challenge. He loves to travel and owned a recreational vehicle which also fueled his story.
As a writer, Chuck struggles with “finishing things. It’s hard to let go.” Despite his reluctance, he has let go of several books, even won the Austin Book Award for his work, What Do You Want, Blood? Given all his published books, he contends he has no favorites, says he “loves them all,” although his readers appear to prefer his poetry book, Like Li-Po Laughing at the Lonely Moon.
He’s currently working on two writing projects. One is a prose book called The Book of Indefinite Conclusions. The other is a prose book called Tales of Beat Glory, about “being poor and about beatitudes or spirituality.” He’s closely allied to the beat movement in American and world literature.
If you’d like to read more of Chuck’s story, it’s available on Amazon.
If you’d like to keep up with Chuck’s writing, check out his Amazon writer’s page.
If you’d like to wander his photos, take a look here.
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