Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Erin Armstrong. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
“Every story is true and a lie.”–Leigh Allison Wilson
- 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 because I do not understand how we love. I do not understand how I love. I do not understand or enjoy the societal confines of love. The definitions given to us from the vantage point of the nuclear family make little sense to me. To love and to be loved is a feeling of utmost power, yet we confine it in a box meant only for two. We do not let it roam freely through our lives; we tie a rope around its neck and make it heal at our side. We do not permit the many kinds of loves and so I write to find out why. I write to understand what these loves are. I endeavor to know the ways of love, but I also know that love destroys us. How can we love without feeling death around the corner? How can we love without feeling hate for those we love for they bring out in us a passion so strong we detest ourselves. And when we love, we feel pain; we feel a yearning so deep we cannot think, cannot breathe, cannot sleep, yet our love is as ephemeral as our lives, as un-breaking and as freeing as death itself. It is an abstraction so intangible we cannot grasp our own experience with the emotion. So I write. I write to find out why we do it, why it feels natural and unnatural; why it feels like the most joyous parts of life are also the most painful. I write to understand the loss we feel the second we fall into love.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
FoundPolaroids is a magazine that collects old Polaroids and has writers submit stories based on their curated photographs. Here’s a piece I wrote for Polaroid number 87.
Erin Armstrong received her MFA from The University of Arizona in 2011. Her work has appeared in The Blue Guitar, FoundPolariods, Marco Polo Magazine, and is forthcoming in Harmony Magazine and The Museum of Americana: a Literary Review. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.