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 Bruno
Title of Piece published in Sweet: Mother’s Day 1971
Anne teaches English and Creative Writing at the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island.
We totally had to look that one up, but it looks like an amazing school!
What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?
Besides the day to day accomplishments of managing teaching, kids, dog, husband, life, etc., I feel lucky to have had work published in very cool places like Barrelhouse, Word Riot, Talking Writing and Vestal Review.
Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?
I am currently in the thick of completing a first draft of a novel that moves in and out of the late-2000’s and the mid-80’s, set in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, though half or more of this plan might get scrapped. It is exciting and extremely hard, this first draft business.
Who is your favorite author?
Just one??? Ralph Ellison, Mary Oliver, Vladimir Nabokov, Tony Kushner, Toni Morrison, William Shakespeare, William Faulkner, Lydia Davis….
What is your favorite poem/essay/book?
Lately I am obsessed with Mary Oliver’s essay collection, Blue Pastures.
What inspires you to write?
The sky when I walk my dog after dinner, the conversations I overhear at my daughter’s softball games, smells, Boccherini, Thelonius Monk, heartache, tea in a giant mug, and Dixon Ticonderoga pencils.
What is your favorite sweet?
My mother’s Crème de Menthe Squares. I make them gluten free (kids and I have Celiac), substituting GF flour for regular. Ignore xanthan gum if you’re making these non-GF.
We love these recipes passed down from family. It just warms our hearts!
Thank you, Anne, for taking the time to reconnect with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!