July's Hot Writer: Susan Yount
My genre: Poetry & small press publishing.
My literary influences: Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee” was one of the last poems he ever wrote and the first poem to ever move me. It was quite literally the first time I had ever realized there was real love and lamenting in the world. Of course, I was a tween at the time but still, Poe remains a strong influence today. Also, Kathy Acker, Anne Carson, Kristine Ong Muslim & Susan Slaviero.
My favorite literary quote: “I think a poem, when it works, is an action of the mind captured on a page, and the reader, when he engages it, has to enter into that action. And so his mind repeats that action and travels again through the action, but it is a movement of yourself through a thought, through an activity of thinking, so by the time you get to the end you’re different than you were at the beginning and you feel that difference.” ~ Anne Carson
My favorite book of all time: Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson. Also, The Beauty of the Husband which is also by Anne Carson. I love anything by Anne Carson. Did I mention Anne Carson?
I’m currently reading: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. It’s gorgeous.
My guilty pleasure book[s]: I have read Katharine Kerr’s complete series of Celtic-influenced fantasy novels – I know everything there is to know about Deverry & Dallandra.
I can’t write [well] without: Booze & a dictionary/thesaurus.
Worst line I ever wrote: “My name is not Peaches you Bs / not Candy not Honey nor anything sweet / you'd take to your mouth.” Angry much? Though, actually now, the line is sort of growing on me.
Brief Bio: Susan Yount is editor and publisher of the Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal, madam of the Chicago Poetry Bordello and founder of Misty Publications. She also works fulltime at the Associated Press and teaches online poetry classes at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative. As if all that wasn’t enough, she recently completed her MFA in poetry at Columbia College Chicago, co-writes the Rebellious Women in Poetry column with Jessica Dyer and is mother to the most darling 5 year old. Her chapbook, Catastrophe Theory, is just out from Hyacinth Girl Press and if you’d like to keep up-to-date with her poetry tarot card project, visit her at: http://susanyount.tumblr.com.
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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