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. Judith Krummeck read for us in 2015 – 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?
I’ve been quite busy since I had the pleasure of meeting up with writers and wordsmiths at Charmington’s in what seems like another lifetime now. I completed and published my biographical memoir, Old New Worlds, which intertwines the immigrant stories of my great-great grandmother from England to Africa and mine from Africa to America. I’ve also written two screenplays based on award winning novels by my compatriot, André Brink.
What are you working on right now (writing or otherwise (nothing is a valid answer as well))?
As an “essential worker,” I’ve continued going in to work at the radio station every day, and finding time to write in between. Currently, I’m completing the second draft of my first work of longform fiction, which has been a huge creative stretch for me. While I’ve been working on that, my first screenplay ran into a bizarre SNAFU with rights, but I tried to keep my mourning period to a minimum, and poured my energy into another screenwriting project almost immediately—fingers crossed it will go into pre-production in Cape Town soon
What has been your favorite Quarantine Read thus far?
My most important read was How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. It was a hard read for someone who lived under apartheid in South Africa, only to be faced with unresolved racial bias in America. My favorite read was Hamnet and Judith by Maggie O’Farrell. My work in progress borrows from Shakespeare, and I simply loved getting lost in his world as seen through the eyes of his wife, Agnes (or Anne) Hathaway.
How would you describe the writing community where you live in just a few words?
Supportive, engaged, diverse, adventurous …
What would be a few words of advice you would give someone wanting to get into any writing community?
Being supportive of, and engaged with, other writers is essential. Participate in reading series like Writers & Words (when they are able to un-pause!); take part in book launches and author discussions—even in these virtual times it is possible to do so. Follow writers on social media, and engage with them and their work. As with anything, it is all about nurturing relationships.
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.
I think I’m closest to “I am one with the Force and the Force is with me,” in the sense that, while others may be climbing the walls due to quarantine restrictions, I’ve been lucky enough to carry on with my life pretty much as normal—while taking the proper safety precautions, of course!
Judith Krummeck is a writer, broadcaster, and immigrant living in Baltimore. She is the author of the biographical memoir Old New Worlds, and a collection of essays about her immigrant experience, Beyond the Baobab. Judith is the evening drive time host for Maryland’s classical music station, WBJC, 91.5 FM. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore.