The EcoTheo Review is delighted to welcome Esteban Rodriguez as its new interviews editor. Esteban is the author of Dusk & Dust (Hub City Press, 2019) and the micro-chapbook Soledad (Ghost City Press, 2019). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Shenandoah, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He lives with his family and teaches in Austin, Texas. Here, Esteban shares his insights on the value of sharing the poet’s perspective on their writing process.
The Micro-Essay Series on First Books was conceived as a way to give readers and writers a look behind the curtain, to see how authors approached ideas, styles, and subjects in their first literary work. Writing and publishing a first book can be a long and arduous journey, one that tests a writer’s motivation, patience, and emotional stamina. We hope that this series shows the value behind that process, and that in addition to spurring discussions amongst readers regarding these first works, it will motivate writers – whether they’re on their first or twentieth book – to continue putting pen to paper.