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with Joanna C. Valente

The last thing that made you smile

I saw a pug being walked on the way to work in Midtown on W 29th & Broadway. Dogs are the best medicine.

Other things that make me smile: hugs, poetry, jazz, finding cheap records, going to museums, laughing, riding a ferris wheel, beach days, pie, more pie, a good coffee, friends, walking, love (even when it’s hard).

A secret

Old secrets: I used to play sports. I was on a basketball team for two years and on a softball team for about five.

I used to be good at Street Fighter.

A current secret: I’m not cool. Like, I’m really, really not. I cry to a lot of movies, like Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

The last thing you wrote

A nonfiction essay over at Electric Literature.

Your favourite city

Florence. NYC. LA. Does three count? I can never choose just one.

What you’d place in a time capsule

My heart. Your heart. Our hearts together.

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (The Operating System, 2017), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016) and the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). Joanna received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, a managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM, as well as an instructor at Brooklyn Poets. Some of their writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, Apogee, Spork, The Feminist Wire, BUST, and elsewhere.