About Ian Stansel

Ian Stansel is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently completing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, where he is the editor of the literary journal Gulf Coast. His work has been published in PloughsharesEcotoneAntioch ReviewSycamore Review, and elsewhere. He is married to writer Sarah Strickley.

“Is That Sheep Placenta I Smell?”: Remembering the Scents of My Grandfather

"Is That Sheep Placenta I Smell?": Remembering the Scents of My Grandfather

Writer Ian Stansel makes peace with the profoundly terrible stench of his grandfather.

Shit Other Parents Say: A Field Guide to Parentis Botherus

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Writer Ian Stansel provides a psuedo-anthropological examination of parental subspecies

The Karate Stance

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On expectant fatherhood, awful dancing, and the giving up of ego.