Lylanne Musselman


Lylanne Musselmann comes from Indiana.

How long have you been writing? I started writing seriously about 25 years ago.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? To have people tell me that they enjoy my work.

What projects of yours have been recently published? I’ve had multiple poems accepted to several journals and anthologies already in 2018, which makes me happy, but I’m most thrilled that my full-length poetry collection: It’s Not Love, Unfortunately will be published by Chatter House Press in 2018.

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I’m working on a series of found poems from Chopin’s Awakening. I’ve always been intrigued by this story since I was an undergrad, and am finally getting around to responding to it in my own way.

Where can we find your work?, Chatter House Press, Finishing Line Press, and various literary journals.

How do you react to rejections? I send out more work than what gets rejected…so that I always (ideally) have more odds in my favor to get an acceptance after a rejection.

How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? The thrill is never gone! I’m always excited for such good news.

What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? To write something everyday…even if it’s more of a journal entry than something creative. And always be observant…I tell my students that I don’t believe in “writer’s block” – that you just write down something and once your hand gets moving across the page or keyboard your writer’s instinct will take over.

What is your favorite book? City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara

Who is your favorite author? Vonnegut.

If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Kilgore Trout. He’s an essential character in a lot of Vonnegut novels, so he would be an interesting dinner companion!

What makes you laugh? Good satire, and silly things…

What makes you cry? Cruelty to animals.

What is your preferred drink while you write? Generally, a good latte, but sometimes I indulge in a glass of Oliver Soft Red Wine.

What is your favorite food? Pizza…thin crust!

Shakespeare or Bukowski? Shakespeare…only because I write plays too.

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Books for sale and/or press: Weathering Under the Cat, Finishing Line Press (2017), Company of Women: New and Selected Poems and It’s Not Love, Unfortunately, Chatter House Press (2013 & 2018).