Andrew Cothren- bringing majesty to the mundane
Andrew Cothren accidentally fell into Creative Writing his Freshman year in college, but now, he’s going back to school to learn more in hopes of one day teaching others.
With a witty, borderline self-deprecating sense of humor, Andrew sat in his plaid shirt with a rotated grin on his face, and explained that his girlfriend took a Creative Writing class Freshman year, and when she was buying her books, Andrew realized that this was a class he would love to take. I mean, who doesn’t want to spend a semester reading Kurt Vonnegut?
However, Andrew quickly learned that Creative Writing wasn’t just a hodge-podge of ideas and words thrown onto paper, but, instead he had to deal with, as he says, “Impossibly restrictive prompts. Once you got through those prompts, you realized you could go back. It was classes like that really shaped my style”.
As a child, Andrew recalled collecting stamps from various senders around the world on the estate that his parents were caretakers of. He said, “There were places so far away and so different, but they still needed postal on a piece of mail, and I found that fascinating. It’s such a mundane thing to pay postage”.
It is through the mundane that Andrew finds his inspiration; “I enjoy injecting impossible things into mundane realities” (hence collecting mundane stamps, for majestically faraway places). This is no surprise being that he was raised in the Catskills with, as he says, “mountains and a river”. Andrew had all the time in the world to imagine impossible realities occurring in his mundane community.
But, it goes even deeper than that. Although Andrew sensationalizes reality to create his Fiction short-stories, there is a sense of belief in the majesty of the universe. Andrew explained, “It is strange and surreal how unbelievable the everyday can be if you look close enough”.
Come check out Andrew’s interpretation of reality at Mister Rogers studio, this Wednesday night. It might be your last chance before he goes to get his Masters at UMASS Amherst next semester.