Writers and Their Day Jobs


Oscar Wilde once wrote, “The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread…” In an interview with The Atlantic, poet Amy Woolard discusses her double life as a writer and policy attorney.

The two versions of me–work self and writing self–seem like such different entities that it almost feels too vulnerable to share that part of my life in an environment where I need to have a kind of commanding presence…

Serena Candelaria is a Rumpus intern, and a self-proclaimed fiction addict. This summer, she worked at 29th Street Publishing and began writing a novella. She is currently a senior at Yale, where she studies Literature. More from this author →