Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Where Writers Write: Jennifer Pieroni

Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write!

Where Writers Write is a weekly series that will feature a different author every Wednesday as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. 

This is Jennifer Pieroni

She grew up in a small, rural town in central Massachusetts, studied writing at Emerson College in Boston, and now lives on the north shore of the state with her husband and son. Her fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including GuernicaWigleaf, andPANK. She served for more than a decade as the founding editor of Quick Fiction and currently works as a grant writer in the nonprofit sector.

Where Jennifer Pieroni Writes

This is the desk I wrote my novella Danceland at. It was situated in the corner of our apartment living room. Behind me would have been the television, and that was the direction from which the afternoon sun entered the apartment. To my left a bay window overlooking the street, which was always being traveled. To my right the front door, which opened to a foyer. Sometimes the neighbor across the way left his door open and the sound of him clearing his throat grated on me. At the time, my son was 15 months and I was his full-time caregiver. I wrote the book while he napped, and here you can see that when he was awake, he scratched out the bad parts. I kept my grandfather's typewriter on the desk, because I like to surround myself with artifacts of my family's past. I also had my notebook and loose papers with various outlines and plans. Unfortunately I never found a chair I liked, and used that cube. Usually I sat cross-legged and slouched forward.

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