Constance Squires will read from her newest work, Hit Your Brights, at the July 14, 2019, Second Sunday Poetry reading. The free reading, in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, begins at 2:00 pm.
Hit Your Brights, is a collection of 13 short stories that fuse humor and tragedy. Squires’ characters are often caught in tough spots of their own making. Danger lurks, the needle skips, the bomb goes off, and the empties pile up. Outcomes are unpredictable, but the car always starts, and, sometimes, love wins.
Squires has been referred to as “a master of the short story,” by noted author Rilla Askew, and Hit Your Brights has been cited as “a well-crafted collection focusing on Oklahoma and southern characters in a universe full of questions” by author Brandon Hobson. He says, “Constance Squires writes prose with startling precision and beauty. At times humorous, at times sad, her stories are always profoundly moving.”
In addition to Hit Your Brights, Squires is the author of the novels Along the Watchtower, which won the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, and Live from Medicine Park, a 2018 Oklahoma Book Award finalist. Her short stories have appeared in Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Shenandoah, Identity Theory, Bayou, the Dublin Quarterly, This Land, and a number of other magazines.
Squires’ nonfiction has appeared in Salon, the New York Times, The Village Voice, World Literature Today, The Philological Review and Largehearted Boy, and has also been featured on the NPR program Snap Judgment. She is a regular contributor to the RollingStone500: Telling Stories in Stereo and wrote the screenplay for Sundance fellow Jeffrey Palmer's 2015 short film, Grave Misgivings.
Squires holds a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. She lives on an acre at the northern edge of Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, with her “husband, daughter, two dogs, four cats, a lizard, and too many books.”
Second Sunday Poetry is hosted by former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma Book Award winner Carl Sennhenn, and has been a program of The Depot since 2004. Depot programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council.