Quick Temper with Cara Dempsey

Cara Dempsey

Cara Dempsey is an elementary school teacher and writer living in Brooklyn. Her most recent work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Brokelyn, Hobart, Paper Darts, and Monkeybicycle.

Here’s Quick Temper with Cara Dempsey:

Why do you write?

I write because I really like the moments when, suddenly, you find the exactly right way to say something.

Who do you hope reads your work?

Anyone and everyone except for my parents. Just kidding!

I hope that the people who know me really well read my work. I hope that people who don’t know me, will never know me, and have already forgotten my name also read my work. Mostly, I hope that Christine Dawson reads my work and recognizes that she has had a tremendous part in it.

Where does the anger in your work come from? How does it manifest?

My anger usually looks like humor. My anger is like a fairy tale wolf disguised in a hilarious grandma costume, looking like a furry Mrs. Doubtfire and trying to hide its teeth while it laughs along with you laughing at it.

Angry book recommendations for angry readers?

In absolutely no particular order…Hunger by Roxane Gay, Dead Girls by Alice Bolin, Daddy’s by Lindsay Hunter, Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva, The First Bad Man by Miranda July, Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin, Airships by Barry Hannah, Enormous Changes At the Last Minute by Grace Paley, Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon, The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret, literally anything by Etgar Keret…

Cara Dempsey will be reading with An Angry Reading Series on February 9. Come through!

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