E. Kristin Anderson.
L: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
E: I'm a girl from Maine living in Austin, Texas, writing poetry and the occasional YA novel or essay.
L: Sorry to interrupt, but what brought you to Austin all the way from Maine?
E: Coming to Austin is kind of a funny story. Either a tragedy or a comedy, depending on your POV, but I believe in silver linings. I moved here for a guy I met online, hung out with a few times, and fell in love with. He turned out to be a terrible person. But I fell in love with Austin. So now Austin is my boyfriend. Austin gives me tacos whenever I want them. I mean, what more can you ask for?
L: Austin will never disappoint either. Okay, go on…
E. I have two chapbooks out -- A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE with Red Bird Chapbooks and A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY with Finishing Line Press -- and I co-edited the DEAR TEEN ME anthology with Zest Books. I'm addicted to television, vintage dresses, and guacamole. I also have a third chapbook on the way with ELJ Publications, ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE, forthcoming in 2016.
L: Three chapbooks... wow. You are a busy woman! Please, do tell us your secret of success.
E. I have been accused by critique partners of never sleeping. And I must confess, I do suffer from insomnia. But I think the real secret to any success is pigheaded delusions of grandeur. I write my heart out, and I send my work to magazines (somewhere in between the writing and the sending is, of course, critique and revision) and I ask myself "What would Buffy do?" a lot. The answer is usually kick ass now and apologize later when I break something. So, you know, that totally translates to writing.
L: What is your favorite type of poem to write?
E: My favorite type of poem to write definitely depends on my mood, but I think I'm always excited when I get to write a poem about weird things like jackalopes and UFOs. And I'm even more excited when I find a way to do this with found materials.
L: Will you please share a poem with us?
E: Sure. This is one I really enjoy reading at events (it's also in my chapbook A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE):
Unicorn in Central Park
You've heard the city is magic –
it's why I came, knowing
I'd be a workhorse, carting tourists
down Fifth Avenue, donning bells
that clank. Never a jingle.
Hiding – it should be simple.
The carousel, though, it reflects truths
where I am a lie.
Magic – this city has it, sure: The first snow,
a kiss in the park, the off off Broadway theatres
exposing names in lights.
I am just another creature with feet touching
wet pavement. Myth is a line blurred
between starlet and waitress,
between horse and cart.
There are worlds here
which we render invisible.
The wind in my hair, a girl's breath,
a last ride in the settling dusk.
L: If you could sum up your style in one word, what would it be?
E: My style, in one word, is narrative. Whether found or traditional free verse, I think every poem should tell a story. I try to reflect that in my own work.
L: Where can we find you? (FB, Twitter, blogs, etc.)
E: I blog at http://EKristinAnderson.com and also run http://DearTeenMe.com with friend and fellow author Priya Chand. You can find me on Twitter at @ek_anderson and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorekanderson.