Marianne Szlyk comes from a city near Washington, DC
How long have you been writing? Off and on through out my life. I started writing poetry again back in 2011 after my husband and I found a box of my work from college and grad school. I signed up for Reuben Jackson’s workshop, and everything flowed from there.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? At this point, probably my book I Dream of Empathy. If I publish my next book, it will be that.
What projects of yours have been recently published? Duane’s PoeTree just published “The Summer After The Bridge Closed,” a poem from my Long Island series. (This Long Island is in Boston Harbor.) Mad Swirl published “Alternative History in Staunton, VA,” where I imagine a musician from the 1960s/1970s being alive and well and in his 70s. A third poem, “For My Ex-Husband’s Twin Sons (2) Winter 1996/1997,” appeared in the Rasputin anthology.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? Right now I’m on hiatus, but I hope to be back writing in December. (I don’t write much poetry at all during the semester.) OK, I did write a poem last Saturday at a workshop. The poem was about a strange, startling dream.
Where can we find your work? I’ve been published in a few places, mostly online.
How do you react to rejections? Mostly I try to move on, but I’m not always successful.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? I do a little dance and tell my husband.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? It’s good to have a day job as long as you get time to write here and there. Try to walk or run or do yoga or do something physical.
What is your favorite book? Usually it’s the one I’m reading…or just finished reading.
Who is your favorite author? For fiction, I like Trollope and Balzac. For poetry, I liked Tara Betts’s Break the Habit.
What makes you laugh? My husband makes me laugh with his puns, his misheard lyrics, and his Dylan imitations.
What is your preferred drink while you write? These days it’s tumeric tea. It used to be coffee.
What is your favorite food? It’s too hard to choose!!
Shakespeare or Bukowski? I plead the fifth!
Personal website/blog: thesongis.blogspot.com
Books for sale and/or press: Listening to Electric Cambodia, Looking Up at Trees of Heaven is available here: http:// barometricpressures.blogspot. com/2014/10/listening-to- electric-cambodia-looking.html I Dream of Empathy is available through Flutter Press.
You can easily read her selected works here!