Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Marianne Szlyk. Here is our twist on an interview.


  • A quote that inspires you:

“Wipe the slate clean.” I realize that it’s an idiom, but it’s a quote from my yoga teacher.

While reflecting on my writing for The Wild Word, I realized that because I write mainly during summer and Christmas vacation I have the opportunity to approach each writing season like a new beginning.


  • Your writing process described as a song:
  • You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:

I write to memorialize people and places and to travel back in time. Sometimes I travel back in time too much. I also write to experience other people’s lives. I would write fiction, but I am not a plot person.

  • What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?

Here is the first of my 1990s poems from this summer.


Marianne Szlyk is the editor of The Song Is… and a professor of English at Montgomery College. Her second chapbook, I Dream of Empathy, was published by Flutter Press. Her poems have appeared in a variety of online and print venues, including Silver Birch Press, Cactifur, Of/with, bird’s thumb, Truck, Algebra of Owls, The Blue Mountain Review, and Yellow Chair Review. She will be a (virtual) artist in residence at The Wild Word. Her first chapbook is available through Kind of a Hurricane Press. She hopes that you will consider sending work to her magazine. For more information about it, see this link: http://thesongis.blogspot.com/



Website: http://thesongis.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mszlyk

Twitter: @drszlyk



See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.


About the Author Grace Black

Grace Black mingles with words as she navigates this realm.

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