What is your relationship to Queens?
I moved to Astoria after grad school. I worked as an ESL teacher in Corona before I transferred to Manhattan. I picked Astoria just for its Greek connection and proximity to Manhattan.
How would you describe the writing you do?
It’s funny, but my workspace is my laptop in bed at night when I get the chance to write. I have a toddler and a now newborn.
I did my MFA in poetry, but after the birth of my first child I found myself wordy, and so I continued writing more creative nonfiction and short stories. However, I do continue to revise my poems and manuscript and send them out in hopes of publication.
What inspires you?
Others’ writing inspires me, as well as traveling. I came to writing just by reading. I came to poetry by ear and wanting to mess with the traditional narrative. As readers I think we all look for narrative, but I like how poetry can alter that way we come to it.
What writing project(s) are you currently working on?
Currently I’m unable to write, but I hope to finally finish a short story I had started. And I plan to write more poems again. Hopefully soon.
Readers, mark your calendars:
- Join the Boundless Tales Reading Series at Astoria Bookshop on February 11 at 7 p.m. for a reading featuring Lisa Badner, Richard Fein, Sydney Hartlove, and Vaughn Watson.
- Join the LIC Reading Series on February 9 at 8 p.m. for readings by Rachel Cantor, Dylan Landis, and Douglas Watson, followed by a panel discussion
- Join the Risk of Discovery Reading Series at Astoria Coffee on February 16 at 7:30 p.m. for a writing workshop followed by a poetry open mic and show led by Micah Zevin and featuring Jennifer Harmon, Yi Wu, and Abigail Welhouse.
- Join the Oh, Bernice! Reading Series at Astoria Bookshop on February 20 at 7 p.m. for readings by LaForrest Cope/ Freddy Dugard, Panagiota Lilikaki, and Jason Fishedick, hosted by Ann Podracky.
- Join Poetry and Coffee at Omonia Cafe on February 21 at 5 p.m. for a reading and discussion on “Love and Other Euphemisms.” Tickets are free but required.
- The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is calling for artists to apply for a free one-month residency. For more information, and to apply, check out the JCAL website. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.