After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in 2001, Kyle Beachy came to Chicago to pursue his Master of Fine Arts in Writing from SAIC. His first novel, The Slide, was published by the Dial Press in 2009 and won the Chicago Reader’s “Readers’s Choice” for best book by a Chicago author. His short fiction and essays have appeared in the Chicagoan, St. Louis Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, and the Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, and online in such journals as Pank, the Collagist, Wigleaf, the Point, and others. He has received fellowships from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Danish Arts Council. In 2011, he joined the fulltime faculty at Roosevelt University as an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing.
Experience at SAIC
Between 2003 and 2005, Beachy worked almost exclusively on a manuscript that would become The Slide. Much of this work occurred during one-on-one advising sessions with Sara Levine, Janet Desaulniers, Carol Anshaw, James McManus, and Rosellen Brown. Beginning in 2004, he worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Liberal Arts department, where he continued to teach as an Instructor, and eventually Adjunct Faculty, from 2005–10.
I’ve run the numbers: writing good fiction is at least five times as hard as being a competent surgeon. We’ve all heard that quote about how it’s easy, right? All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed. But what’s missing here, Ernest, is every occasion when the blood comes out wrong—wrong shape, wrong color. You see the blood and know it’s not your own, and if it is yours then it’s even worse, because now your own blood is wrong, and ugly, and so you hate it. You think it’s the ugliest, most shameful blood ever to fall. It’s disgusting, you’re disgusting, so you rush to the kitchen for a sponge.
In addition to working personal essays, short stories, and a novel in progress, Beachy also writes skateboarding theory for the Classical, Jenkem Magazine, and others. When his knees allow for it, he rides a skateboard.
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