“This Has All Happened Before” is a collection of poetic musings by award-winning fiction writer, poet, and playwright Steve Rathje. Made up of short pieces that are part poetry and part theatrical monologue, this collection is moving, humorous, whimsical, imaginative, and insightful. These short pieces ask questions like: where do forgotten memories go? Are the things that could have been, the things we haven’t done, and the stories we create just as real as our memories? And do you ever feel like this has all happened before?
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Steve Rathje’s work has been published by the Guardian, Samuel French Inc., Dramatics Magazine, and more. His writing has been praised by the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference for its “imaginative whimsy and quick pace,” and by Luan Schooler, Director of New Play Development at Artists Repertory Theatre as “ebullient… well crafted, theatrically inventive and charmingly intelligent.” He is winner of the Oregon New Play Prize, Stanford University’s Bocock/Guerard fiction award, an Ozy “Genius” Award, the Strauss Scholarship, the International Thespian Playworks Competition, and was a Finalist in the National Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He is the founder of Proscenium Journal (prosceniumjournal.com), the first free literary journal for publishing plays, and Proscenium Live, an annual Free Festival of New Plays in Portland, OR. Steve studies psychology at Stanford University and conducts original psychology research with the Mind & Body Lab, and his work in psychology inspires his fiction and non-fiction writing. Read more about him at steverathje.wordpress.com or follow him on Twitter @steverathje2.