M.I.A. spotlight: Joanna Gordon

JoannaWhat is the book (or story) that you are currently working on? 

Not currently working on a book or story, rather a one-woman show to be produced sometime next year. It’ll be the culmination of my Honors project, and will be choreographed, staged, and produced by myself. This will be my first time doing such a thing, but I’m very excited!

Where did the idea come from and does it fall under a specific genre?

The idea has not really derived from anywhere, rather it was existed for a long time. As a white, middle-class woman I have always wanted to expose the complexities that exist within these social constructs. My own narrative will be at the center of this, but I also might be holding interviews for other narratives as well. The focus for this project is still being refined, and very much still in the works. 

What are you currently reading?

Since school has started, my attention has shifted to the war stories of the Iliad, as well as queer theories by Eve Sedgwick, and Foucault. However, the most recent book that I finished was a delicious page turner called “Gone Girl.” In regards to what other should be reading, I would recommend anything by Patricia Grace, or any pacific poet.

What are some upcoming titles in your reading list?

Upcoming titles on my reading list? Woah. The list is long my friend. Starting with “Perfect Girls Starving Daughters”, “The Beauty Myth” and “Vagina” by Naomi Wolf, “Wretched of the Earth”, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” (again), some works by Rumi, Afakasi Speaks (again), and many others.  

Who/what inspires your writing?

All of the titles above, are inspirations, but some to add to the list Carrie Rudzinski, Terisa Siagatonu, and Danez Smith, and my boyfriend Harrison Ines because they are constantly challenging me to break down what has been socially internalized, and reminding me that the world needs more allies because there is so much more work to be done.

What does your writing process entail?

My writing process involves copious amounts of cold water, a purring cat, riot girrl music or whimsical folk, and a notebook. I usually start with rough ideas in a notebook, which will then move to a revising and editing phase onto my computer. 

Who would you like to give a shout out to in the writing community and why?

Shout out to Pacific Tongues for taking a lost girl on crutches under their wings and constantly reminding me to keep writing and to keep searching for answers. Also shout out to the English Department here at UH, especially Craig Santos Perez for doing great things and truly supporting their writers. 

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