Today we’re proud to feature Devoney Looser as our third Authors Talk series contributor, sharing her thoughts on the “Top 10 Ways That Being A Writer Is Like Playing Roller Derby.”
Devoney is an English professor at Arizona State University and, as her author bio below reveals, an accomplished scholar. She’s also probably one of the first roller derby scholars, penning multiple articles on the sport’s potential to impact our culture. Given this, it’s not that surprising that Devoney should analyze the similarities between writing and roller derby in her vodcast. What is surprising is that she chooses to do this in full derby bout gear, casually reading her essay while rolling around her kitchen wearing pads and fishnet stockings. Perhaps it shouldn’t be. Among other things, Devoney’s vodcast is a fresh reminder of what it means to be a modern scholar.
You can listen to the podcast on our iTunes Channel.
More About the Author:
Devoney Looser is the author of two books, Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750–1850 (2008) and British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670–1820 (2000). She has published essays in Slate, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The London Magazine, and The Independent. Now at work on a study of Jane Austen’s afterlife, The Making of Jane Austen, for Johns Hopkins University Press, Looser has also played roller derby as Stone Cold Jane Austen. She is is professor of English at Arizona State University and faculty adviser to ASU’s collegiate team, the Derby Devils.
About the Authors Talk series:
For several years, we have featured audio or video of Superstition Review contributors reading their work. We’re now establishing a new series of podcasts called Authors Talk. The podcasts in this series take a broader scope and feature SR contributors discussing their own thoughts on writing, the creative process, and anything else they may want to share with listeners.