"So if I am a tender writer... then my poems should be everything that I am."
Leah Johnson interviews poet and classes instructor Angel Nafis on community, process, and writing in and outside of an MFA. (Even though advice is whack.)
Wow. I don’t know that I do. What does “cultivating community in writing” mean?
People who are like “This is all I fucking think about.”
And I think that kind of turned me out in some ways. And it was very rigorous. In my mind, when you reach a certain level of rigor, it’s sort of hard to turn that off. It’s hard to unring that bell. It’s like anytime someone gets me talking a little, it’s like I turn to finals week insanity. It’s like a shark smelling blood. And I think that’s what the program did. I smell blood in the water when someone brings up—
Leah Johnson is a writer and hopeless Midwesterner currently moonlighting as a New Yorker. She is the author of the forthcoming YA novel YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN (Scholastic, 2020) and a graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College MFA in fiction writing program. She is a 2018 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow.
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