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Wisconsin Short Story Collection 'Nothing to Lose' Wavers Between Light & Dark

Cornerstone Press

Milwaukee-area writer Kim Suhr has helped hone the writing skills of many fellow writers in the region as the director of Red Oak Writing. But it’s fair to say that students helped shape Suhr’s own latest project.

It’s a collection of short fiction called Nothing to Lose, and it’s just published by Cornerstone Press, the teaching press of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. That is a story of its own, which we’ll hear about in the days to come. But we also talked with Kim Suhr about the new book.

"I try to write light pieces and somehow they tend to turn dark, and I'm not quite sure what that's all about," she says.

The first story Night Vision was inspired by an image she saw while at her parents-in-laws' house in Florida. She says she looked out the bedroom door and she had an image of a man standing there with night goggles. While that might be unsettling for most people, it wasn't for her. She just started wondering why he was there and what would happen because of that.

"I like to explore people that I don't understand and try to figure them out, and issues that I want to see in a little less black and white terms," she says.