It’s time to meet Issue 28’s contributors! As we prepare to launch Issue 28 on November 30, we thought it would be fun to get to know its creatives. This post focuses on some of our Art and Poetry contributors.
What’s your coffee/tea order?
Artist Teresa Sites says, “Every day, I make myself a black 1/2 regular coffee and 1/2 decaf coffee at home. When I ordered this combo at a coffee shop, the next person in line complimented me saying that I was a ‘professional coffee drinker.’ I was so proud!”
Poet Grace Q. Song shares: “I don’t drink coffee/tea, but I do have apple juice every morning!”
Poet Gretchen Rockwell enjoys “a caramel latte, unless I’m in the mood for chai.”
Where do you like to vacation?
Poet Leah Falk is easy to please: “Give me an ocean and I’m good.”
Along those lines, poet Preeti Vangani will go “anywhere with a beach and fresh sea food.”
Teresa loves “staycations and just having the luxury of extra time to relax at home.”
What is a holiday tradition that you love?
Poet Glenn Shaheen is a fan of “horror everything for Halloween season (September 1st through October 31st). My mother also makes a delicious cream cheese salsa dip at Christmas but it’s not really a ‘Christmas’ thing. She’s sent me the recipe a million times and I could theoretically make it any ole time of year.”
Artist Kateryna Bortsova says, “My tradition is to not have traditions.”
Preeti looks forward to “playing cards with my cousins, and losing money. I have never ever won.”
Tell us about your pets!
Poet Liz Marlow has “a silly dog, Lola, who loves putting her head on my keyboard while I am trying to write. She also loves swimming in the lake at the dog park but refuses to swim in a pool (that water is too clean!). I also have a fish tank with neon tetras, cory catfish, and a clown pleco.”
Poet Ronda Piszk Broatch tells us: “Ciri, a Torbie cat, is an explorer and thief, who loves socks and crinkly shoebox paper. She is named after the princess in the Witcher series. Z, or Zilpha, is a black siamese who is quite pissy, long-limbed, and has a need to be brushed several times a day – first with the rubber scrubber, then the wire brush. They like Irish cheese, and salmon fat.”
What are you reading right now?
Leah is in the middle of “Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light, and a book about the science of how children acquire language called The Infinite Gift. Also just finished Krys Malcolm Belc’s incredible The Natural Mother of the Child.”
Teresa is enjoying “art manuals! I have stacks of these and I enjoy leafing through all the inspirational projects and possibilities! One thing I love about art is that there are seemingly endless things to learn and discover. Art manuals compile and share so much practical information for artists. I revisit these books continually, as the different ideas presented can shape and guide my own artistic projects.”
What are you streaming/watching right now?
Liz “recently watched Dug Days on Disney+ with my kids.”
Ronda “just finished the Welsh mysteries Hinterland and Hidden, and we’re on to the final two episodes of Baptiste. Thrilling!! Unlike my grandmother who didn’t like mysteries, and who would tell me the plot of anything we watched when I was little, I adore anything British, Belgian, Australian, Welsh, Irish … Acorn TV is a go-to.”
If you could instantly learn any language, what would you choose? Why?
Kateryna would go for “German, I don’t know why.”
Gretchen would learn “Japanese, so I don’t have to rely on subtitles or translations.”
Preeti is interested in “Spanish, because it sounds so musical!”
What’s the next thing on your bucket list?
Glenn wants to “see Aurora Borealis.”
Next up for Grace is “surviving college.”
Liz says, “I would like to go to New Zealand, take a helicopter ride to a glacier, and ski all the way down it.”
What is your most-used phone app?
Preeti, Kateryna, and Grace say it’s Instagram.
For Teresa, Ronda, and Glenn it’s email.
Glenn also shares: “If email doesn’t count then Tumblr because of Star Trek reasons.”
What song can you listen to on repeat without it getting old?
Gretchen says, “Too many… currently, ‘What’s Good’ by Lou Reed.”
Leah enjoys “‘Aicha’ by Algerian Raï singer Cheb Khaled. Right now I also keep looping 10,000 Maniacs’ version of ‘Because the Night (Belongs to Lovers).’”
Kateryna is a fan of “Golden years” David Bowie.
Thank you so much to our contributors for sharing a little bit about themselves! Join us all on November 30 at 12pm AZ time for our virtual launch party!