Etcetera - 8/5/13

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Mark Twain said “write what you know.”

Native area resident Martin McCaw has reflected this chestnut in the stories he’s crafted about his years on the family’s Prescott farm and in relating other experiences about people he’s known in his poetry and fiction.

Short Story America is currently featuring Martin’s story, “Sara’s Wreath,” as its Story of the Week starting sometime between today and Wednesday at www.shortstoryamerica.com/.

Martin said it was inspired by local friends Pat Yenney and her daughter, Sara Erwin, who described family life with sidehill cowboy Alan Yenney, Pat’s husband and Sara’s father.

Martin’s writing focuses on families.

“We often have the hardest time communicating with those we love the most,” Martin said. “A narrative about a family, either memoir or fiction, is a process of discovery for both the writer and the reader.”

The award-winning writer’s poem about his farm, “I See My Father,” is featured in Boston Literary Magazine’s summer issue at www.bostonliterarymagazine.com/ . Click on “poetry” at the bottom of the page.

Boston Literary Magazine notes that Martin’s fiction won United Kingdom’s Global Short Story competition and he won second prize in the Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction.

“The Hobo,” which won the United Kingdom’s Global Short Story Competition, is also about his family. To read it, on Google search for Martin McCaw “The Hobo.”

“Writing about loved ones who have died, either memoir or fiction, helps keep their memories alive,” Martin said. “Such writing also nurtures our hopes of a reunion.”

Martin said he’s “working hard to avoid finishing a novel.”

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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