Sunday, February 28, 2010


Adrienne Weiss for DESK SPACE


ADRIENNE WEISS Adrienne Weiss lives in Parkdale, teaches college students how to write, and then tries to write stuff herself.

DS When did you start writing, publish your first book?

AW First attempt at writing a story—a murder mystery—was in 1983. First attempt to get published—in OWL Magazine—was in 1985. First book: 2001. Last published poem: 2008.

DS Where do you write?

AW In bed while Coast to Coast is on the radio, at the desk in the picture, while students write exams, whenever I am held up in a waiting room waiting to do my taxes….

DS Why do you work where you do?

AW That desk in the picture is in a small room surrounded by paper and pictures and funny paraphernalia that somehow or other creates a comfortable yet disturbing space. That helps with the writing.

DS What are you working on now?

AW Still working on a manuscript of poetry now eight or nine years old. Dreaming of writing a lengthy essay that outlines the brilliance of Stevie Nicks’ Bella Donna.

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