My genre: Exploiting my life experiences for money.
My literary influences: Reading Cheryl Strayed is like being simultaneously flayed and bear hugged. Lorrie Moore is the only author who consistently makes me laugh and cry in the same sentence. Sherman Alexie. I would seduce Susan Sontag SO HARD if she was still alive. As it is, I’m currently hard at work seducing her ghost. Margaret Atwood’s books are what I steal from people I’m dating. Pam Houston. Peter Orner. Tolstoy. Michelle Tea. Nabokov. Sloane Crosley. David Sedaris. Zadie Smith. Mary Roach. Tracy Clark-Flory.
My favorite literary quote: “The only transformation that interests me is a total transformation — however minute. I want the encounter with a person or a work of art to change everything.” ~Susan Sontag, Reborn
And: “They callin’ me a alien, a big-headed astronaut. Maybe it’s because your boy Yeezy get ass a lot.” ~ Kanye West
My favorite book of all time: Lorrie Moore’s Birds of America is the book I refuse to lend ANYONE.
I’m currently reading: Terrorists in Love by Ken Ballen. The Collected Works of Eudora Welty. Just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
My guilty pleasure book: That would be, Dark Angels. Otherwise known as lesbian vampire erotica. If you replace “guilty” with “self,” that is.
I can’t write without: first doing everything in the world that is NOT writing. This includes: perpetually seeking validation on Facebook, listening to far more Glee songs than is ironically acceptable, napping incessantly, having simultaneous G-Chat therapy sessions, crowdsourcing my dinner, columns, love life. Etc. Etc.
Worst line I ever wrote: See “guilty pleasure question” above.
Brief Bio: Anna writes a weekly sex advice column for the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, despite having sex about four times a year. She was recently a guest on Dan Savage’s podcast, talking about why lesbians are so confusing. She has written reviews of everything from bars to restaurants to films to theater to sex toys, in addition to several different relationship columns for AfterEllen, Centerstage Chicago, and Chicago Now. She also writes a weekly social media etiquette column for SF Weekly, and her work has appeared in Mother Jones, AlterNet, The Bay Citizen, Salon, and The Rumpus. Plus, one time Amanda Palmer asked her out on Twitter, with Neil Gaiman’s blessing. Find her on Twitter at @annapulley. She’ll tweet you right.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, web sites and print publications. Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," (Soft Skull press) is available for pre-order here. She is also a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago’s StoryStudio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She's kind of looking forward to it actually.
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