Reading Series Editor Samantha Novak is a sophomore at Arizona State University majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Spanish and Urban Planning.
Superstition Review: How did you hear about or get involved with Superstition Review?
Samantha Novak: I actually came to the Review by a slightly unconventional route. I am not an English major, but I heard about Superstition Review from my Honors English 102 teacher. She proposed it as a really neat opportunity and said that any of us interested should apply. I did, and here I am!
SR: What is your favorite section of SR? Why?
SN: I think my favorite section of SR is probably the art section, I have always found photography incredibly powerful and enjoy having the opportunity to be exposed to new and different artists.
SR: Who is your dream contributor to the journal?
SN: My dream contributor would probably be Ruth Reichl. She has written some extremely powerful stories about her relationship with her family and with food (Reichl was a New York Times food critic and the editor-in-chief of Gourmet). I can really relate to this relationship since I also love food so much.
SR: What job, other than your own, would you like to try out in the journal?
SN: I really enjoy the job I am working at right now, but if I was doing something else I think I would like to try out being the blogger. It would force me to be more methodical with my blogging, which I think would bleed over to increased blogging in my other blogs.
SR: What are you most excited for in the upcoming issue?
SN: I am really excited to be able to experience new artists and writers. I am always looking for new work to read.
SR: What was the first book you remember falling in love with and what made it so special?
SN: I fell in love with The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. The novels feature a really strong, feisty princess protagonist that would rather swordfight than do embroidery. When her parents try to set her up in an arranged marriage she runs away to be a dragon’s princess. Magic, dragons, pretty dresses, sly references and humor–what’s not to love? I brought the books with me to college and still read them when I’m feeling down.
SR: What are you currently reading?
SN: I am bout to start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson.
SR: What are some of your favorite websites to waste time on or distract you from homework?
SN: I love mentalfloss.com, cakewrecks.com, Facebook and various food blogs.
SR: Do you create art? Tell us about a project you’re working on.
SN: I do photography, and I am currently in the post processing stage of some photographs I took this summer when I spent a month in China.
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