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: Amy Bilodeau
Title of Piece published in Sweet: Fruit Fish
What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?
My full-length manuscript was a finalist for the Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry. My poem “betty” was a runner-up for the RHINO Editor’s Prize. My work has also been nominated for inclusion in Best Small Fictions.
Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?
I’m working on a new manuscript of poems that seem to be loosely connected by the color blue. Not an original theme, but it feels authentic for me at this moment. I’m excited to see where that goes.
Who is your favorite author?
Joyce, Beckett, Woolf, and Cisneros have all had a big impact on me. What I’m reading right now (and recommend!): Ana Bozicevic, Quenton Baker, and Franny Choi.
What is your favorite poem/essay/book?
Too difficult. My longest-loved poem is probably Poe’s “The Raven.” Still love that one.
What inspires you to write?
Hmm. Music, humor/absurdity, and my own domestic landscapes and tensions all play a role. And solitude, a chance to process experience.
What is your favorite sweet?
My daughter makes amazing chocolate truffles.
Thank you, Amy, for taking the time to reconnect with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!