"I can't find anything writing related. But like, you know, sequins and booze are two of my biggest literary influences.--Robyn Pennacchia"
February's Hot Writer : Robyn Pennacchia
My genre: Creative Non-Fiction- both memoir and historical, Satire
My literary influences: Dorothy Parker, Fran Leibowitz, Sarah Vowell, Woody Allen, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Olive Higgins Prouty, Ambrose Bierce, Edna Ferber, Lillian Hellman, Howard Zinn. I'm also heavily influenced by non-literary writers, specifically Susan Harris (The head writer for Soap and The Golden Girls. She also wrote the infamous abortion episode of Maude.), Ruth Gordon (who, in addition to being a spectacular actress, also co-wrote several Hepburn and Tracy movies with her husband, Garson Kanin), Groucho Marx and Stephen Sondheim.
My favorite literary quote: "Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song, a medley of extemporanea; And love is a thing that can never go wrong, and I am Marie of Roumania"- Dorothy Parker
My favorite book of all time: The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky
I’m currently reading: The complete works of Joanna Southcott, an 18th century "prophetess" who thought she was God's daughter and spent a lot of time predicting the end of the world and such. For research purposes! I'm working on a book about failed apocalyptic predictions.
My guilty pleasure book: I don't feel especially guilty about anything I read. However, I will say that I've read everything Jacquiline Susann has ever written, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I guess some people would consider that a guilty pleasure. I also do a kick-ass impersonation of Patty Duke in the movie version of Valley of The Dolls.
I can’t write without: Coffee, probably.
Worst line I ever wrote: "Went to BJ's Wholesale Club with Mom today...". It's the beginning of one of my diary entries from high school. I went through my old diaries recently, and completely lost my shit when I saw this. What kind of horribly boring teenager puts that in her diary? I should have been like, mooning over some dude or complaining that my parents totally didn't understand me or something. But no. No, I was just going to BJ's Wholesale Club with my mom. Probably getting really excited about the free samples of Pizza Bagels or something.
Brief Bio: I am the creator and co-hostess of the long running lit series "The Sunday Night Sex Show", which happens the last Sunday of every month at the Burlington, I've blogged for Death + Taxes, I write a blog about weird history called "This Was A Thing That Happened" and I freelance all over the place. I am currently in the process of desperately trying to find a stable writing job that maybe also includes benefits and does not require me to figure out 1040 forms.
A writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for sites like Pop Matters and
afterellen.com Her debut novel, “Herself When She’s Missing," was called “poetic and heartrending” by ALA Booklist. Sarah 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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