John Henry Fleming
Fleming is a University of South Florida English professor who teaches undergraduate and graduate creative writing courses. He is also the founder and advisory editor of USF's Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. His books include The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman and Fearsome Creatures of Florida, and his work has been anthologized in 100% Pure Florida Fiction, and his short stories published in McSweeney's, North American Review, Mississippi Review, Rosebud and Georgetown Review.
What is on your nightstand?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I am required to read it to help one of my daughters with her quidditch team.
Have you been able to fly yet?
No, I think I'm doomed to be a muggle. I also just started Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French. It's told comically, but it addresses serious issues like the possibility of being affected by the government's radioactive testing. I also just read Whiteman by Tony D'Souza. . . . I liked the way he wrote in episodic pieces, but the book stands together as a whole.
For your work, are there particular Florida writers you keep on going back to?
John Brandon's Citrus County. I loved the voices of the characters in it, the dark humor in it, and I love the language. It's wonderfully written. Also, I thought (he) did an excellent job of capturing the attitude of kids who grow up in a place where nothing seems real.
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