THE SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT, with ETHAN SHANTIE, a WRITER & MUSICIAN. 

My name is Ethan Shantie and I’m from Potsdam, New York. As of late I have been publishing poetry, but I also write fiction and have worked as a freelance writer for Life with Films and New York States of Mind. 

I have released two books of poetry – a chapbook called “Poems for Danielle Steel’s Purple Prose,” (2013) through Many Moons Press in Saranac Lake, NY and a full length collection entitled “We Meet by Accident” (2016) through Ghost City Press.

“We Meet by Accident” deals in large part with loss, death, and how small events have a lasting effect on our lives. I have been working with Kevin Bertolero to release a Poetry Mixtape featuring many Ghost City Writers and plan to work on a new chapbook this summer. I have been writing poetry since 2008 when I studied at SUNY Potsdam under Pulitzer Prize nominated poet, Dr. Maurice Kenny. 

Some of my favorite writers include Stephen King, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Cormac McCarthy, all of whom have wonderful poetic voices that have influenced my own. 

In addition to writing, I play in an experimental punk band called Sunflo’er. We have released one full length LP, “1963,” (2015) through Magnetic Eye Records of Albany, NY. We have recently released a collection of three EPs, have been featured on two compilations through our record label, and are set to record a second full length album this summer. I play drums, sing (yell), and write lyrics for the band. 

Other excerpts from my collection can be found on my Instagram @ethansunfloer. My band can be found on Instagram @SunfloerNY, on facebook at facebook.com/SunfloerNY and at sunfloer.bandcamp.com. 

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