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From upstart_crow, because fair is fair:
I want you to ask me something that you think you should know about me. Something that you think should be obvious, but that you have no idea about. I promise to give true answers.

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Wow, yeah. Tell me more about this upcoming collection ;)

Ah, right: it's called Lost Books, and it's being published early next year by Flipped Eye Press here in the UK :) I've also got a smaller chapbook, Devil's Road Down, coming out via Maverick Duck Press, which is Stateside, in September. So, really, you could have one or the other or even both if you like ;)

Edited at 2009-08-05 11:13 pm (UTC)

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Okay, I really should know this, but it's like... trying to learn about horses from books that assume you know what horses are already and so doesn't explain them at all. Kind of. Uh.

Anyway... Your husband is James, right? How long have you been together?

Yep: James, who almost never updates his LJ, is my husband. It's probably quite obvious by now that I didn't take his surname when we married in December of 2006. We'd been together for about a year prior to getting married, which, let me tell you, shocked me more than it shocked anybody else (given that my previous two relationships had both bottomed out for various reasons around the two-year mark, although both had been quite serious). I suppose that means we've been together for nearly four years now. He tolerates my crazy most admirably.

Edited at 2009-08-05 11:47 pm (UTC)

Every time I see that icon, I wonder: what is the grey-blue thing hanging of her arm?

It's a shoe. With cherries :)

How did you come to migrate to the UK? :)

I moved over in 2005 to do a one-year M.A. degree (in Medieval Studies, interdisciplinary) here at York. I was fresh from having earned my B.A. in English at Wellesley. I was doing the M.A. to determine whether or not I wanted to do a Ph.D. and enter academia as a career, and sure enough, the M.A. was a fantastic experience. So I went straight into the Ph.D. (at the same school, University of York) and never looked back :) Of course, our staying here long-term will depend on whether either James or I can get a more permanent work visa once my remaining three years of student-visa related extensions run out...

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What kind of school did you go to? (as in pre-16 years school, not college/uni.)

Edited at 2009-08-06 07:34 am (UTC)

From kindergarten through twelfth grade (age 5 through age 18), I went back and forth between two public school systems in Western Pennsylvania. Both districts were well funded; the music, drama, and foreign language programs were particularly good, which is not always a given in public schools, so I was fortunate. Even a few college-level (AP, Advanced Placement) courses were at my disposal once I hit high school (7th through 12th grades), so I went off to uni having earned some credits to go towards my first semester (term equivalent, only longer; U.S. universities operate on a two-semester year rather than a three-term one).

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Because my supervisor at Wellesley (my undergrad institution in the States) highly recommended it, and she introduced me to a member of faculty here (one of my two supervisors, Linne Mooney) when she visited Wellesley to give a talk. That about sealed my fate right there. I came to York because I knew Linne was going to be starting as faculty here the very year I'd be entering my M.A. I wasn't initially assigned to her, but a combination of persistence and fortuitous hand-picking landed me in her care for the dissertation portion of the M.A. year. From there on out, doing the Ph.D. with her didn't seem to be a question for either party :) That I ended up with Derek as my second supervisor by the time we hit my second year of the Ph.D., I'm not even sure. Looking back, if you'd told me I'd be working with such brilliant and respected academics, I'd probably have laughed in your face. I think York's a wonderful city, though, outside the uni experience. I had never seen it before the day I arrived, jet-lagged (1 October 2005). Fortunately, I fell in love.

If you had to choose one fiction book, one collection of poems and one CD to carry with you to a desert island, which would you choose? (I know it's difficult to choose one, that's why I'm asking :)

Novel: Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis

Poem collection: Either T.S. Eliot's complete works or Louise Glück's The Wild Iris. The former provides me with endless inspiration and sheer wonder at his line-craft, but there's something about Wild Iris that really took a hand in shaping my poetic identity on some very fundamental level. I was stuck on a train in a snowstorm the day I bought that book, so I read it all in the four hours of being trapped. Yes, I think I'd take Louise...

CD: Again, I'm torn between two - The Decemberists' The Crane Wife and Sigur Rós's ( ).

How did you decide to become a mediaevalist?

Through a string of happy accidents. Around the time I left music school in Hartford and transferred to Wellesley, I already knew I was switching into an English major. It was due to an extraordinary Chaucerian at Wellesley that I fell head over heels for late medieval English literature. It all started there, but I had, admittedly, read Tolkien and such before then.

When did you first get a poem published, and how did it happen?

The full answer to this is really funny and should probably not be answered in public. However, the short version is: in Strong Verse magazine, late 2005 (I think the three pieces were posted in September that year). I was paid $10 per poem, for a total of $30. That my first publication was one of my most lucrative sales to date (har har) is still a point of pride, and you will understand why even more so when I PM you with the full story ;)

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Who are your Top 5 Poets? (Not exactly a personal personal question, but I saw several of the other questions I considered already posed above.)

Edited at 2009-08-07 12:32 am (UTC)

I'm not sure I can put them in a hard-and-fast order, but I love:

James Nash (UK poet who seems very little-known in the US, which is all kinds of wrong! He's amazing, and fairly local from my perspective, too. A total sweetheart and all-around excellent dude.)

Louise Glück

H.D. (Hilda Dolittle)

T.S. Eliot

Inua Ellams (Another UK poet. He's published by the same press that's bringing out my collection in the spring next year - INSANELY TALENTED, and a wonderful person, too. I may be biased by the fact that I know these people.)

...oh, but I love Li-Young Lee and Jorie Graham, too!

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