We love stories with a strong voice. That’s why we were drawn to Marilyn Horn’s “The Boy in the Van,” which follows a young narrator as she fails to befriend a boy Tehran. The lovely Arcadia Conrad performed this piece on April 11 at our Play On Words: New Horizons show.
Marilyn Horn is a technical editor in Silicon Valley. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as Blotterature, Marathon Review and Waccamaw, and her collection Beyond the Fence was published in 2016 by Thinking Ink Press.
What inspired you to participate in Play On Words?
I’ve had other stories (“Snake,” “April in Paris,” and “Neighbor”) performed by Play on Words. There’s nothing quite like hearing your words being interpreted by those fantastic POW players.
Which writers or performers inspire you?
Lately I’ve been inspired by Donna Tartt and Kobayashi Issa. That may change.
Name a book or performance that fundamentally affected you.
Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? You need to check that out if you haven’t already.
Stay tuned to watch footage from our April 11 show and discover ways to participate in future events.