What is your first memory of writing for fun?

In junior high my friend Leah and I had a notebook we would pass back and forth to each other between classes. One of us would start a story and the other one would finish it… mostly thinly-veiled fantasies involving our various jock crushes.

How many drafts = done?

I’m a fan of the “first thought, best thought” model. When I go through too many drafts I lose the thread of the poem.

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

I just finished The Folded Clock by

Heidi Julavits which I almost gave up on but wound up loving so, so much by the end.

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

Starting new projects.

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

I don’t find many individual words to be beautiful. I like “rutch” which is (apparently) a Pennsylvania Dutch word that means to move with a crunching or shuffling noise? It’s so fun to say, especially calling your dog a little rutcher.

Bonus question: what literary character do you think would come across as really appealing and not appealing on an online dating profile? Think about what they would write about themselves online (would Mr. Darcy write nice things about himself?).

Hmm I don’t know about an online dating profile but I would be HEAVILY into Elnora Comstock’s Instagram account and probably ask her on a date to explore the woods and gather beautiful moths from the Limberlost together.


Come out and see Erin read on Tuesday, December 11th – here’s the facebook event!


Erin Dorney is a writer and artist based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is one half of FEAR NO LIT and the author of “I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems after Shia LaBeouf” (Mason Jar Press, 2018). Recent projects include “Cento Box” for Container’s Multitudes series & “The Hidden Museum, 2018”, a collaborative conceptual art installation on display at the Susquehanna Art Museum.

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