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Connor Coyne novel "Urbantasm" Set in Deindustrialized Flint

In this interview, Connor Connor discusses his newest novel, the 4th in the series "Urbantasm."

Connor Coyne is a writer living and working in rust belt Flint, Michigan, a town devastated by de-industrialization. Connor spent his teenage years in Flushing, Michigan. Connor represented Flint's 7th Ward as its artist-in-residence for the National Endowment for the Arts, Our Town grant. In this grant, artists engaged ward residents to produce creative work for the 2013 City of Flint Master Plan. Connor's work has appeared in Vox.com, Belt Magazine, and Santa Clara Review.

Connor lives with his wife, two daughters, and an adopted rabbit in Flint's College Cultural Neighborhood (aka the East Village).

Coyne's novel describes a fantastical plot which is founded upon a mythical city where the main characters grew up. The story revolves around parts of a dying industrial rust belt town. In the interview the author, Connor Coyne acknowledges that this factory town is Flint, Michigan.
The book sets out the good, bad and ugly way of life in middle America where the characters navigate the vices and demons of urban life in a blue collar America that struggles to survive.
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