Zach Stieneker

Zach

Your name: Zach Stieneker

Your home town: Denver, Colorado

Your major(s): English and Creative Writing, Spanish

Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English? Not yet

What are your career plans? Ever-changing. I hope to ultimately work in the entertainment industry in some capacity, whether in sports, music, or film. We’ll see!

What is your favorite book or author and why? I gravitate toward Gabriel García Márquez, and One Hundred Years of Solitude, in particular, because he captures such broad ideas like family life across so much time in these really beautiful individual moments. I was also in Colombia at the time I finished reading the book, so that’s a good literary memory! I want to re-read it in Spanish soon.

What is your favorite word? Still, because of its three meanings: motionless, yet to happen, or despite.

Describe a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: I’ve been writing about English for a long time, but there was a total paradigm shift in the way I approached it last spring when I took my first creative writing workshop. I focused on poetry, which forced me to conceptualize language not as a means to express an idea, but rather as art in itself. This class made me very excited about creative writing, but it also forces me to be even more intentional and critical of my writing in other areas.