What did you do over the summer?
A: I’ve been a teacher for 22 years. First, I taught high school English and for the last decade I’ve been teaching composition, literature, and creative writing at Sinclair Community College.
What was your childhood like (background)?
A: I moved around a lot. In fact, about every 2-3 years. I’ve lived outside of Chicago, Rochester, NY, and Philadelphia, but I’ve always considered St. Paul, Minnesota my home. I was born there and every summer I’d go back to stay with my grandmother for a month or so. My best memories are in Minnesota. All of my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents lived there when I was growing up and it is the only physical place that felt like home until now.
A: That is a horribly difficult question! Let’s just say I really like watching documentaries. Like is so much stranger than fiction sometimes and documentaries so often support that.
Who are your greatest influences?
A: This may sound cliche, but my mama and daddy are definitely the most influential people in my life.
Name 2 people that you would love to collaborate with?
A: Living? Isabel Allende. Though I would have to brush up on my spanish. Ancestor? Harriet Tubman. I’d love to just listen to her and transcribe the words to poetry.
A: Simple. I shut everything down and hang out at home. Spending that time reading, writing, or, honestly, just being still helps.
7. What is the last book you read?