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Marie B.


Long Beach, CA
Hometown: Berkeley

Member since:

May 3, 2013

What authors are you inspired by?

I usually read so much -- 3 to 4 novel-length works per week -- that it's hard to keep track. But the past few months have been busy with school, and more forays into writing...I call it "writing mode" and don't read anywhere near as much when I'm in it. "Inspired" is a big word...I am mainly inspired by things other than writing, images.... The living writer I most admire is JM Coetzee; women writers I admire/appreciate who come most immediately to mind include Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, the Brontes, Shari S. Tepper, Marguerite Duras (sometimes). I'm currently reading "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer and the last big discovery for me were Charles Mann's books about the peoples of the pre-Colombian Americas.

What are you writing right now?

Mostly poetry, some newswriting for a class, though I occasionally branch out into short fiction. I hope you're not reading "poetry" and thinking "::groan::" can be a lot of fun. And if it turns out you don't care for a poem you're reading, why, how briefly the pain is past!

What do you hope to get out of this group?

A time and space for practicum, I mean practical practice, and interaction with other writers.


I'm Deborah, native to California and back living in the East Bay again after 11 years in France. I write, never as prolifically as I'd truly like, but more the past couple months than in recent memory. Hi y'all

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