1. What’s the worst thing about writing?

I never know when it’s time to sit down and do it. Often my ideas come when I’m not ready to sit or when I don’t have anything to catch it (like a pen and paper). I’m not one of those amazing people who can hold a phrase or an idea in my head without writing it down. Once it’s written down, I can keep it in my mind and ruminate on it forever and it infiltrates my whole being but if I don’t write it down immediately it’s just gone.

  1. Have you read any good books about writing, or do you stay away from such things?

I love “A Choreographic Mind: Autobodygraphical Writings” by Susan Rethorst. As a performer/choreographer, I love how she likens the processes of writing and dance making and how she writes with her body. This is absolutely what I do and I love seeing such an embodied approach to thinking about “making.” It’s probably not exactly what you are asking for, as it isn’t like a manual for writing but I don’t care. [insert tongue out emoji here]

  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using as many power verbs as possible.

Writing is challenging, especially when it challenges you to challenge your own weaknesses. I am constantly challenged to find ways to challenge my readers and also to challenge myself creatively and also challenge myself intellectually… oh, you meant as many DIFFERENT power verbs as possible… oops

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poetry/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?

I was raped as a child and kept that secret until is slowly started spilling out as an adult. I only shared it with my own parents and siblings two+ years ago. I spent so much of my life holding things in and even trying to deny they existed that it became my one outlet for working through the secrecy and the silence. I’ve only just started sharing my writing with others, submitting to places and reading my work aloud. It’s so empowering to write something and share it with people, and to have my thoughts and my words take up space.

  1. What is your most re-read book, if any, and why?

Blue Horses by Mary Oliver. At least, that is my most recently most re-read book. My mentor, Sharon Mansur, gave it to me when I graduated from grad school and everytime I go through it I find something new. Those poems are so deep and so beautiful. I cry a lot when I read it.

Bonus question: If you won a trip anywhere in the known, unknown, and fictional universe(s), where would you go and what would be your first item of business once you arrived?

These are exactly the kinds of questions that stress me out.


Writers & Words is a stress-free zone, don’t worry. Come out on Tuesday (this Tuesday!), April 11th at 7 pm at Charmington’s and see for yourself.

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