1. What’s your least favorite thing about writing?

The pain of ripping my hair out in order to get started.

  1. Which author would you like to have a drink with (Dead or alive. Them, not you).

Toni Morrison

  1. Who is your favorite author that you don’t know personally? Who is your favorite author that you do know personally?

Don’t know: So hard to pick one, but okay…Lauren Groff

Do know: Baltimore’s own: The amazing Jen Michalski

  1. What about your discipline (fiction, poetry, etc.) do you wish you were better at?

Not being afraid to dig deeper into my characters thoughts and motives.

  1. What kind of creative rituals or patterns do you have? 

I always start out writing with pencil and paper. There’s something about the hand-mind connection. It helps me freewrite and keeps me from self-editing.

Bonus question: If you met Sean Connery, Divine, and the Olson Twins in a bar, whom would you talk to first and why?

Definitely Divine! He’d be the most bold, entertaining and hilarious, but also complex. He was never afraid to be vulnerable.


I’m with you on the pencil and paper method. Always my favorite way to start.

Come out to Writers & Words next week, June 12th at 7pm at Charmington’s Cafe to hear Dana and the rest of our awesome lineup! 

Dana Harris lives in Baltimore and teaches a discussion and writing program in prisons and after school programs. She is also Vice-Chair of the CityLit Project. In July, she begins the MFA in Creative Writing program at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. Some of her favorite things are making fig bourbon and body surfing. She lives with her faithful mutt Stella. 

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