Tabs open on your screen right now: Catherine of Siena’s Wikipedia page (novel research), my work email, and a Flemish painting that I’m basing a short story about weird art academies, sad girls in love, and cadavers off of.
If you had to brag about yourself: I’ve never met a dog that didn’t love me.
Your writer crush: Leslie Jamison.
Favorite lyric: I don’t have one!
Any place in the world: The museum of water in Iceland.
Best breakfast: Espresso, pastries, and flowers (preferably blue irises).
Favorite online places right now: TRACK/FOUR Magazine, the Adroit Blog, and Fissure (which I co-edit with Aidan Forster!)
Sweetest thing: Alice B. Toklas removed every mention of Gertrude Stein’s ex-girlfriend from one of her manuscripts without Gertrude’s knowledge in the ultimate passive aggressive move that resulted in literary greatness.
Your rituals (writing or not): Before I send a new book out (to readers or presses) I always burn sage and pink jasmine for luck.
Least impressive thing about you: I’m terrified of silverfish.
Favorite space to write: On trains, in museums, libraries, or at my desk, which is huge and covered in paintings, postcards, sculptures, letters, and poems that people have sent me.
What should we know: Mainly, in my work, I try to de-tokenize queerness and portray queer/female sexuality and identity in a way that’s free from the heterosexual/male gaze, to create a space for flesh and oddities and gayness and femmeness to co-exist.
Guilty literary pleasure: Colette.
Best book nobody talks about: Great House by Nicole Krauss and Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch.
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with: Willow from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Last time you lied: When I threw my friend a surprise party.
The lie: About why I was dragging them to a restaurant.
Question you secretly want to be asked: “What do you want your work to accomplish?”
The answer: I want to change someone in some way, to effect change (hopefully positive) and represent actual women and LGBT+ people as something other than tokens or one- dimensional plot twists, which is something we’re often reduced to in films and literature.
Brynne Rebele-Henry’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Fiction International, Rookie, The Volta, and So to Speak, among other places. Her writing has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2016 Adroit Prize for Prose. She is a founding editor of Fissure, a magazine dedicated to young LGBT+ writers and artists. Her book Fleshgraphs appeared from Nightboat Books in September 2016. She was born in 1999 and currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.