A professor from the Capitol presents a short story book

Capital University Faculty Professor Angela Buck shared short stories and answered questions at a recent campus event for her latest book, Horses dream of money.

“Humans dream of flying in space, but horses don’t because these things are commonplace. Horses dream of money ”(Dr Angela Buck).

The public event took place on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at the Ruff Learning Center. Dr. Angela Buck was assisted by Dr. Liam O’Loughlin to facilitate a question-and-answer session following her reading of two short stories from the book, “Work” and “MAG”.

The event brought together students, faculty, community members and President Dave Kaufman.

During the event, Buck discussed his writing experience, explaining that Horses dream of money is a collection of short stories written between 2012 and 2018.

Dr Angela Buck. Photo courtesy of FC2.

The book was published by FC2, an author-led publisher established in 1974.

A 16th-century German armored horse appears on the light pink blanket, an image believed to represent decay and derangement.

Buck began his writing career as a poet, but has since also enjoyed working in fiction. There is a strong poetic influence throughout the book, as many stories echo elements of prose poetry.

Opting for a collection of short stories, instead of a full novel, gave Buck more freedom and flexibility for creative experimentation. Many stories have been inspired by his dreams.

Buck admitted to having a minimal review process, but said, “I write really bad stuff for months. Suddenly I’m going to write something good. I write in bursts ”.

Dr Sergey Rybas, head of the department and associate professor of English, was in attendance and asked about his favorite parts of Horses dream of money.

Aside from ‘Bisquit’, the story that inspired the title of the book, and ‘MAG’, a story that takes place in two parts simultaneously, Buck said, ‘I’m always more fond of whatever I come from. to write… I’m sick of some of my old stories, but it’s nice to see someone reading them for the first time, even if you can’t catch that spark anymore.

The front page of “MAG”, one of the news read during the event. Photo taken by Shannon Craig.

In addition to introducing Horses dream of money, the event explored the role of literature in times of crisis, citing COVID-19, racism, climate change and student debt as some of the influencing factors.

As the author, Buck said, “There’s that feeling of ‘what will the future be like?’ I think that puts a lot of pressure on the artists… You are not going to solve these crises. [Art] it is to give oneself a sense of reality… I think of art at a basic level, a necessary thing, like cooking ”.

Buck’s unconventional biography also attracted attention. Listing a number of odd jobs in her bio, Buck sought to destroy the “specialty around writing,” but also admitted that she just wanted to see if she would be able to pull it off.

Buck is currently working on a novel and continues to teach at Capital University.

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