MFA candidate Jessica Anne asks esteemed Peggy Shinner (interim department chair, professor) a few questions. Read it. Then come to the Gage Gallery tomorrow at 4:30pm to hear Peggy read from her new book. You have to do things like this because they are important.
JA: Where'd you receive your MFA?
PS: The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. It's a low-residency program. And a great experience.
JA: How long have you taught at Roosevelt?
JA: Will you be reading from your new book?
JA: Do you ever read your own books on the train, or on a plane?
PS: I like to read other stuff on the train. The train's moving, and my mind's moving too, away.
JA: Could I ask what your middle name is?
PS: Ann JA: Where are you from? PS: Chicago, all my life.
JA: How many years passed between the day you received your MFA and the day you published your first book?
PS: Too long. It will be almost twenty years.
JA: Have you ever written poetry?
PS: No, but as an essayist I like to think I think like a poet.
JA: Do you get nervous before public readings?
PS: No, I don't. I feel a sense of excitement, like I'm about to do something fun.
Thank You. Knowledge is power and also a strong dove.