As well as feature our future readers, we also wanted to check in with folks who have read for us over the last 5 years. Barbara Perez Marquez read for us 2019 – read what she has been up to below!
What have you been up to since reading with us at Writers & Words? How has the writing been going?
My reading happened right before quarantine came into effect, which honestly was nice to be able to leave that reading reenergized before staying at home came into effect. I was also the MC for an online reading through Yellow Arrow Publishing, which showcased latina writers in Baltimore and DC.
What are you working on right now (writing or otherwise (nothing is a valid answer as well))?
I’ve been focusing on writing posts for my Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/MustacheBabs), as well as keeping busy working on a few original comic scripts.
What has been your favorite Quarantine Read thus far?
I’ve revisited a few favorite reads during this time, including: “Swimming Studies” by Leanne Shapton and “No One Belongs Here More than You” by Miranda July.
How would you describe the writing community where you live in just a few words?
Southeast Baltimore has a lot of creative energy, I think it’s an untapped spring in some ways, since it takes a bit of finding some days.
What would be a few words of advice you would give someone wanting to get into any writing community?
Don’t be afraid to reach out! I think because writing is sometimes a quiet activity, people think writers must also be the quiet types, but more often than not, they are happy to chat and help along in whatever ways they can.
Bonus question: What level of quarantine are you at? 1) relaxing with a book, 2) the dog clears her throat too loudly, 3) hot dog fries, 4) THE PRINTER IS BROKEN I DON’T NEED A PRINTER, 5) I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.
Fries are life!!!
Barbara Perez Marquez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. She writes short stories and fiction, usually using coming of age and LGBTQ themes in her work. During her career, she has also been an editor for several publications and projects. Her work was first featured in a student collection in the 7th grade, the same year she decided she wanted to be a writer. Since then, she’s been featured in Manhattanville College’s Graffiti and Tinta Extinta. Her latest work, The Cardboard Kingdom, is a graphic novel about a neighborhood of kids having a summer adventure and is out now from Knopf Books for Young Readers and Random House Children’s Books. Book two, The Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast, is due out in 2021. Barbara lives in Baltimore, MD with her fiance and their dog, Eliot.