Quick Temper with Katie Rainey


M.K. Rainey is a writer, teacher, and editor from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the winner of the 2017 Bechtel Prize at Teachers & Writers Magazine, the 2017 Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest and the 2018 Montana Award for Fiction from Whitefish Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, 3AM Magazine, Atticus Review, Fiction Southeast, and more. She co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series and lives in Harlem with her dog. Sometimes she writes things the dog likes. 

Here’s Quick Temper with Katie –

Why do you write?
Because I don’t want to do anything else. Seriously. But also probably something to do with my obsessive personality. I mean, I’ve been writing since I was a kid, so it’s like a life ritual now. There are probably some mommy and daddy issues tied up in there somewhere too. 

Who do you hope reads your work?
Anyone. I mean, really. But I guess more seriously, anyone who appreciates thoughtful literature, or writing that takes time to unfurl and appreciate. Idk. This is hard.

Where does the anger in your work come from? How does it manifest?
You guys making me write this. See also: mommy and daddy issues from previous question. See also also: my obsessive personality.

Angry book recommendations for angry readers?
McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, Money by Martin Amis, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I’ve got more. Do you need more?

Katie will be reading with An Angry Reading Series on the 29th of September at Grill On The Hill. 

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