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5 BURNING QUESTIONS WITH JULIA FRIEDRICH

  1. What is your first memory of writing for fun?

Fun? My first memory of writing was just feeling sad about a boy and inserting line breaks into my feelings. Behold: a poem. I still do this by the way.

  1. How many drafts = done?

Usually, as soon as I finish the poem I’ll call it done! Then, six months later I re-read it, I say fuck, and then I am never done with revisions. Never. It’s why I haven’t published yet. I think of my writing as painting and I keep wanting to add touch-ups and it drives me insane and takes up all of my time when I get absorbed. Right now? I just want to write more than publish. But, uh, this girl wants to go to get her Ph.D. in Poetry so it’s time to suck it up and publish and make that CV say “now go ahead and you just look at me.”

  1. What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?

All right. Book of the moment. Anyone who knows me is going to laugh because I’m obsessed with The X-Files, but I’ve been reading Miss Subways by David Duchovny, and actually, I love it! Sidenote, we should all remember that in addition to being Fox Mulder, Duchovny went to Princeton and studied literature at Yale (didn’t finish his Ph.D.) and this is his third book. And he wanted to be a poet and novelist first before the acting career!

But, is my copy signed by Duchovny? Yes. Did I sniff the Sharpied autograph when I received the book and was it still fresh enough to smell? Oh…oh, yes it was.

  1. What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?

Bit of an intro is necessary here: I think television and pop culture is having an amazing and frankly literary moment. The stuff that’s out there is so good–Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Mad Men, and Bojack Horseman (yes, I’ll fight you on that one in particular if you disagree).

But, especially for me it’s all about Black Mirror. I love writing contemporary pop culture into my poems and I love writing about the virtual persona having lost its early internet anonymity (for the most part) and the invariable consequences of that, the differing content I put on different social media platforms, and instead of wondering if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it did it make a noise? Forget that. Now I write: if you didn’t digitally document it and no one noticed you–were you even there? That’s where I want my poetry to go.

  1. What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?

My favorite word. Meanwhile.

I’m not telling you why. Meanwhile, I hope you kinda like some of my poems!

Bonus question: Why is a raven like a writing desk?  

Ravens understand the concept of revenge and spite and they won’t forget your face if you wrong them. I keep them on my desk.

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Best answer to the raven vs writing desk question ever.

Come out to Writers & Words next month, July 10th at 7pm at Charmington’s Cafe to hear Julia and the rest of our awesome lineup! 

 

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