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: Devin Balwit
Title of Piece published in Sweet: הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי אֱלֹהִים– כִּי בָאוּ מַיִם עַד-נָפֶשׁ
These days you can find Devin behind the wheel, teaching her son to drive. Oh, we feel you on that one, Devin! You can find out more about her and her publications on her website.
What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?
Check out my website for book reviews, books, and a selection of online poems published over the last year.
Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?
I’m in the middle of a Proust-inspired chapbook.
Who is your favorite author?
I love Guadalupe Nettel in Spanish. Joseph Mitchell’s essays are a kick. Wonderful recent fiction reads were “All the Light We Cannot See,” “Lincoln in the Bardo,” and “The English Passengers.”
What is your favorite poem/essay/book?
A recent favorite has been Frans Bengtsson’s “The Long Ships,” the inspiration for the Hulu series “Vikings.”
What inspires you to write?
Everything from boxing to Scarlatti, paintings to politics. All of life is fair game.
What is your favorite sweet?
My favorite sweet is alcohol. In the summer, Vinho Verde because I can drink more of it without feeling guilty. (It’s only 9%!)
Honestly, I had to look that one up and I’m happy to report you aren’t drinking green wine. Some of the best wine I have ever had was in Spain, so this one being from Portugual has me intrigued!
Thank you, Devin, for taking the time to reconnect with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!