Spring 2021 Contributing Artist Statements

Jack Bentz

“Super Excited” is one of an interlocking set of stories about searching for a place to be in the American West. You’d think with all that space there would be room for everyone. Jack’s writing is usually a failing attempt to capture in words his own vulnerability and attach it to fictional characters. And in spite of Jack wanting to take on the big issues of fate, religion, injustice and death, his stories rapidly stray into the uncertain hearts of his characters who seek each other in everyday lives. ”

Jack Bentz grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon and has lived and worked all over the States and Latin America. He is a Catholic priest and currently lives and writes in a small room on the third floor of a girls’ dorm on a university campus in the Bronx.