Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.
Name: Anne Champion
Title of Piece published in Sweet: Florence Nightingale: The Lady With A Lamp
Anne resides in Boston, and teaches both at Emerson College and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. You can find out more about her at anne-champion.com.
What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?
I published The Good Girl is Always a Ghost with Black Lawrence Press—it contains the poem that was published in Sweet.
I also have a collaborative collection written with Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Book of Levitations, which will be published by Trembling Pillow Press next summer.
Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?
I wrote a chapbook of feminist hagiography to female saints in Christianity. I’m still looking for a publisher for it and hope it finds a home someday!
I’m currently writing a lot of political work: anti-colonial, anti-imperialism, anti-capitalism poems.
Who is your favorite author?
What is your favorite poem/essay/book?
Ooof! Tough question. There’s so many! But I love the Ariel poems by Sylvia Plath, Rookery by Traci Brimhall, Seam by Tarfia Faizullah, and Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith.
What inspires you to write?
Destruction: the best thing you can do in the midst of so much destruction is to create. Creating art is a message to the world that you refuse to be destroyed.
What is your favorite sweet?
I love all sweets! I’m addicted to any and all chocolate, but I have to say a sweet that has a special place in my heart would be Baklava.
Ooh, we love all that honey goodness, too. Kudos to those who are brave enough to make it!
Thank you, Anne, for taking the time to reconnect with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!
**Be sure to be on the lookout for an upcoming interview with Anne on October 15th and a book review in the near future!**