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Quick Temper with Vanessa Stone


Vanessa Stone is a writer. She lives in Brooklyn and runs a little online journal called No.2. Stone is an MFA Candidate in Fiction at Sarah Lawrence College where she is working on a short story collection.

Here’s Quick Temper with Vanessa:

Why do you write?

I can’t possibly imagine doing anything else. Writing to me is one of the most humbling and adventurous human experience.

Who do you hope reads your work?

Everyone! All seven billion earth inhabitants ought to read my work. Who would deny themselves of such pleasure? Okay, okay, my mom. She is often my toughest critic and most brutal editor. She’s also my patron, so I want her to know her hard-earned money is going to good use ha! Thanks, mom!

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

I’d like to think that anger in my work comes from an honest place. I often like to create characters who deal with resentment whether it is something in the past, present or future. It’s such a pervasive emotion that unpacking it often means a violent confrontation with the character’s self.  And if I am doing a good job, then these confrontations or realizations should manifest in the most organic ways – unrushed and unforced.

Angry book recommendations for angry readers?

Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara.

Vanessa Stone will be reading with An Angry Reading Series on April 13. Come through! 


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