Al Riske has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, copywriter, and ghostwriter. His stories have appeared in Hobart, Switchback, Pindeldyboz, Word Riot, Blue Mesa Review, 34th Parallel, and the Beloit Fiction Journal. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he now lives in California with his wife, Joanne, and their dog, Bodie.
Childhood Ambition: Be the best writer who ever lived. (I was 10 and had never heard of Shakespeare.)
Little-Known Fact: Had first story published (on a mimeograph machine) when in the fourth grade.
Honors: Winner of the Blue Mesa Review Fiction Contest in 2008 for the short story “Pray for Rain.”
Influences: John Knowles, Joan Didion, Sam Shepard, Philip Roth, Truman Capote, Elizabeth Tallent, Tim O'Brien, Norman Mailer, Milan Kundera, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Frederick Barthelme, Earnest Hemingway.
The Ever-Present Past: Stories that won't let go.