Tabs open on your screen right now:
Gmail, Google Docs, Verse.press, Facebook, Twitter, NY Times, Lit Hub, The Nation, Google Analytics.

If you had to brag about yourself:
I make pretty good pies. Blueberry pies are my specialty. I also make a bomb ass oreo cupcake and I’m a decent challah bread maker.

Your writer crush:
You.

Favorite lyric:
“But she’s not afraid to die,
The people all call her Alaska
Between worlds so the people ask her
Cause it’s all in her mind
It’s all in her mind”
-Velvet Underground, “Stephanie Says”

Any place in the world:
Cape Cod, MA

Best breakfast:
Two options: Banana pancakes with maple syrup OR everything bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and capers.

Favorite online places right now:
Volume 1 Brooklyn & Broadly.

Sweetest thing:
When someone really hugs you and means it.

Your rituals (writing or not):
People watching on the subway, walking around and listening to Yann Tiersen, waking up between 7am and 9am (depending on day of the week), reading Tarot.

Least impressive thing about you:
I can’t ride a bike. I can’t hold a tune.

Favorite space to write:
A well-lit coffee shop.

What should we know:
I’m allergic to cats, but it’s getting better.

Guilty literary pleasure:
Netflix. All the Netflix.

Best book nobody talks about:
Nadja – Andre Breton


Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Amelie from “Amelie.”

Last time you lied:
How do you know I’m not lying right now?

The lie:
You tell me.

Question you secretly want to be asked:
Are you actually a ghost?

The answer:

Yes.
.
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Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (2016, ELJ Publications), & Xenos (2016, Agape Editions) and the editor of “A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault” (CCM, 2017). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM. Some of their writing has appeared in Prelude, The Atlas Review, The Feminist Wire, BUST, Pouch, and elsewhere. They also teach workshops at Brooklyn Poets.