1. What do you love the most about writing in your discipline (poetry, fiction, etc)?

It’s how I know what I’m thinking. I get to the end of a personal essay and go aha! That’s what that meant.

  1. Who are you reading right now? Any shout outs or recommendations? 

Coming late to the TaNehisi Coates party but glad I was invited.

  1. Do you ever write from personal experience (memoirists, duh, stupid question), and if so, where do you draw the line when writing about your life? 

 I draw the line at the people who have their own ringtones on my phone.

  1. Kurt Vonugut once said ‘When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.’ How does this make you feel?

Lucky. When I write, I crouch and pace. Once the words start, my whole body gets in on the action.

  1. Do you often write outside of the genre you are representing at Writers & Words?

Nah. My attempts at fiction were awful in my teens, horrific in my 20s. I did some poetry slams at the Nuyrican Cafe in NYC back in the day, but now I get my spoken word jones out in courtrooms and hearing rooms, a genre I think of as competitive storytelling.

Bonus question: What sort of inanimate object will you be in your next life? If you’re into that kind of thing.

Inanimate object in next life? off-shore wind turbine, for sure.


Thank you, Joyce! Come out to Writers & Words on Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm at Charmington’s Cafe to hear Joyce and our other fantastic readers.

Joyce Lombardi is a nonfiction writer and lawyer-turned-lobbyist. She writes about water, sex and gender, and sometimes race. Her work has been published in, e.g., Salon.com, the Village Voice, Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Style and is upcoming in the Chicken Soup series. 

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