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: Alizabeth Worley
Title of Pieces Published in Sweet: “On Book Curses: An Apology“
She is currently hanging out in Utah right now, staying home with her two little ones and Michael, who gets to work from home for the time being.
Check out her website for more!
What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?
I had an essay published in Mothers Always Write, graduated with an MFA from Brigham Young University, and I had a baby!
Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?
My mind is mostly still on my thesis, which is a collection of essays (some illustrated, some not) that I’m hoping to work towards a collection with.
Who is your favorite author?
Scott Russel Sanders, Kristen Radtke, Naomi Shihab Nye and Allie Brosh are perennial favorites.
What is your favorite poem/essay/book?
Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, by Mark Doty.
What inspires you to write?
First and foremost, reading. When I read, I find myself in on the page in variations I didn’t know existed, or didn’t know were worth exploring. Even if I’m reading about a situation I’ve never been in, or reading a voice very different than my own, I find a little population of alternative “me”s that charm or haunt or tease me. So then, I want to write, want to play my situation and my voice off of the stories and voices I come across while reading.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading “How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences” By Sue William Silverman, “Disparates” by Patrick Madden, “Kill February” by Jeffrey Tucker, and a sampling of other collections–all a little at a time, leafing through, pausing, lingering here and there for some brief encounter.
What is your favorite sweet?
Right now, my favorite sweet is mint chocolate chip ice-cream, which I have been enjoying in abundance. If you want a dairy-free or organic option, I really like NadaMoo’s coconut based mint chocolate chip.
Ohh Yummy! Ice cream is always a favorite here, too!
Thank you, Alizabeth, for taking the time to reconnect with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!
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