Chani Zwibel comes from Marietta, GA
How long have you been writing? Since I learned how to write, and before that, I was telling stories to my stuffed animals and figurines.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Every new publication is my greatest accomplishment, so every day is a new challenge. I’ve been published nine times in print so far. That makes me happy.
What projects of yours have been recently published? As an associate editor, Mermaid Mirror: an anthology of women writers with Madness Muse Press, our next anthology on Addiction/Recovery coming soon.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? Currently I’m working on abstract pieces garnered from rants in my journal that have come about from the frustration with the current American political and social landscape. I’m also working on narrative poetry about my childhood in Pennsylvania.
Where can we find your work? If you type “Chani Zwibel” into Google, you’ll find wonderful poetry 😉
Recent Publications include: The Ramingo’s Porch Issue 3 Summer 2018, Dissident Voice June 3, 2018, Alien Buddha Press: O’Riordan: Spurious Conversations With Dolores May 15, 2018, The Rye Whiskey Review May 24, 2018,Rasputin: a poetry thread May 21, 2018,Oracle 20/20 May 2018, Daginne: Friends in Poetry May 1, 2018, Setu April 2018, The Dope Fiend Daily April 16, 2018, Advaitam Speaks Literary- Vol. 2 Issue 1-2018 (February 25), Witches and Pagans: Natural Paganism Issue 35, February 2018, Madness Muse Press: Mermaid Mirror: An Anthology of Women Writers, February 2018, The Literary Hatchet Issue 19, Jan 2018, Dissident Voice Dec 31, 2017, Ariel Chart Dec 5, 2017, Killjoy litmag #Catastrophe Dec 1, 2017.
How do you react to rejections? I try to steel myself against this eventuality, but sometimes it still stings; it still feels personal, when of course it’s not, really. Lately I’ve been working on some abstract pieces, and knowing that’s not for everyone, the rejections hurt a little less. Either way, I either send the rejected pieces to a document I call “The Drawing Board” to be reworked, or I immediately send them out elsewhere. Reel in the line, cast it out again.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? I usually make some loud, happy vocalization like “Woo-hoo!”. The first time I got paid for poetry, even though it was only ten dollars, I ran around the living room shouting and waving my arms. My dog thought that was great fun.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Don’t. (just kidding. meditate and take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself so seriously you can’t laugh.) Never. Lose. Your. Sense. Of. Humor.
What is your favorite book? I’ve read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte more than any other books, so I guess that makes them my favorites. The Lord of the Rings is pretty damn awesome, also.
Who is your favorite author? see above
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Hmmm I don’t know? Maybe Holden Caulfield, so I could give that brat a swift kick to the shins. I’ll catch your rye, you little prick.???? Nah, kidding again. Honestly, fictional characters are terrifying to think of as actual people and I’m not sure I’d want to meet any of them.
What makes you laugh? There’s humor in everything. Mine can be sarcastic or dark or just plain silly.
What makes you cry? Shirley Temple in A Little Princess when she’s begging her father to recognize her, and anything about the Holocaust, and any injustice/genocide.
What is your preferred drink while you write?Coffee in the AM, tea in the afternoon, water or (more rarely) a beer or a glass of wine at night.
What is your favorite food? I like all the foods.
Shakespeare or Bukowski? Nope. Don’t make me choose. Listen, sometimes you need sunglasses, and sometimes you need an umbrella.
Profile(s): Chani Zwibel Butler on facebook.