JOANNA C. VALENTE
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:
“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
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.
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?
You tell me.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
Are you actually a ghost?