Literary Friendships


Rumpus interviews editor Rebecca Rubenstein has an awesome interview with Cheryl Strayed (a.k.a. Dear Sugar), Lidia Yuknavitch, and Suzy Vitello at BuzzFeed Books.

They discuss how they make and sustain amazing and inspiring literary friendships amid the chaos of writing, day-to-day life, and everything else in between. Here’s a quote from Strayed:

I think one of the greatest gifts writers can give each other is the act of simple witness. To say to each other: I believe you and I believe in you and I want you to keep on keeping on because that’s the only way. Write that story or poem or essay or novel or play or advice column that you feel compelled to write, no matter what the market says.

Ashley Perez lives, writes, and causes trouble in Los Angeles. She has a strong affinity for tattoos, otters, cat mystery books, and actual cats, but has mixed feelings about pants. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She runs the literary site Arts Collide and does work of all varieties for Women Who Submit, Entropy, Jaded Ibis Press, and Why There Are Words. You can find her on Twitter at @ArtsCollide. More from this author →