Spotlight: Gretchen Gales
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*Editor's Note: This interview project was created to help you as readers get to know our writers as well as the Quail Bell Crew to get to know each other better. This interview was conducted by "Distill My Heart" columnist Dr. M. Leona Godin and focuses on managing editor Gretchen Gales.
A friend invited me out to an “Art Walk” near my college campus. Basically every first Friday of the month, the local art galleries put out new art and other fun activities. Founding editor Christine Stoddard was outside tabling with our anthologies. I bought both of them, started reading them, and desperately wanted to have my own work in Quail Bell. I had a lot of luck in the writing department while I was in high school, winning a county-wide literature award and getting two poems published in the literary magazine after three years of rejections.
But once I started college, nothing I submitted to my college literary magazines were accepted. I got an acceptance twice from one, but then they never published the material. I submitted a poem I had recently written and expected the typical “Thanks, but no thanks.” The next morning I got an acceptance from my predecessor Deniz Ataman. A month later I applied to be a contributor or to at least inquire about possible internship opportunities. Suddenly I was a part of the writing crew and wanted to prove I was a reliable and capable writer. Anytime a topic was suggested, even if I had no interest in writing about it, I volunteered to write something for the topic. I knew if I wanted to be a writer, I had to show I was willing to work with any topic given to me and to do it well. And now I’m managing editor. Funny how things happen.