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5 BURNING QUESTIONS WITH GINA MYERS

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

I frequently joke that writing poetry is easy and doesn’t take much time. You can scribble some lines down on a napkin at a bar, call it a poem, and be done. However, the reality of it is quite different for me.

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

I’m close to finishing up Lester Bangs’ Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, which I am really enjoying for Bangs’ meandering and smart reviews. I’ve also been reading the collection Nice to See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan. Edited by Anne Waldman, this collection gathers together work by some of my favorite writers. As far as recommendations go, I highly recommend Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas, which was a standout for me this past year. It is a very powerful collection and recently won the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. At one point—specifically when I finished reading the poem “38”—I was so moved/shaken by the power of the work that I had to sit the book down and walk away from it for the rest of the day.

  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 frequently write from personal experience and haven’t encountered a line yet.

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

Not good. I wouldn’t presume to know what a legless and armless person feels like.

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

Yes. In addition to poetry, I write nonfiction—mostly book reviews and essays.

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

Hopefully a couch or a bed. Or maybe a beach chair. I’m really tired and need a vacation.

~

I hope you get your couch life, Gina. 

Come out to Writers & Words on Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm at Charmington’s Cafe to hear Gina and our other rad readers.

Gina Myers is the author of two full-length poetry collections, A Model Year and Hold It Down, as well as numerous chapbooks. She lives in Philly where she runs the Accidental Player reading series and co-edits the tiny (thetinymag.com).

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