The Pinch aspires to provide a clear idea of who we are, what our journal's looking for, and what it means to be part of The Pinch community. To help do this, here's a "pinch" of our awesome ME, Anthony Larry, discussing his writing, favorite stories, and views on awkwardness.
Q: Thanks for letting us interview you, Anthony. So let's start this out with an important question--the zombies are coming and you have to leave, now! Where do you go, and what do you use to protect yourself?
A: Hey, what's the rush? Let's invite them to sit out on the patio with a glass of lemonade and get to know them. They may be the nicest zombie family ever.
Q: Awesome answer. Unfortunately, the zombies ate you. Now that we have that out of the way, what's your favorite memory of working for The Pinch, and what do you consider "Pinchy"?
A: I don't think I'll be able to avoid a name drop on this question. The memory I'll probably cherish most is meeting Xandria Phillips (shout out!) at AWP earlier this year. It was so dope because at that time I was questioning my larger place and purpose inside the literary community. Meeting her sort of calmed all my anxieties. I can't wait to get her chapbook.
I'd like for our definition of pinchyness to expand. It should be a conversation. One that pushes against conformity and becomes reflective of a larger communal voice. Right now the word "pinchy" is most used as an adjective. This thing is or is not pinchy. Art should penetrate our subconscious and allow us the freedom to feel without rationalizations. Moving forward, I'd like for "pinchy" to be used as a verb. Marisa, what pinched you today? Does that make any sense?
Q: It does! A lot of your own writing has that pinch-effect. Can you tell us about what you typically write yourself?
A: I'll give you my canned thesis-ready answer. I write short fiction set in the deep South typically from the point-of-view of black women.
Q: I'm going to awkwardly insert this into the questions--you talk about being interested in awkward things. A lot! Can you tell us more about this interest?
A: Growing up, I felt the need to disarm folks of their initial perceptions of me. Awkwardness, or honesty, ended up being my best tool for growth. There's a lot of truth hidden in the interactions we try to avoid. I just figured I'd lean in.
Q: if you could enter the realm of any short story or book, what would it be, and what would you do there?
Here's one answer: I'd love to enter anything written by Toni Morrison or Zadie Smith. I'd just find a seat in the margins and gaze up at the prose. Here's another: one of my favorite novels is Yukio Mishima's The Sound of Waves. It's a beautiful coming-of-age story set in post WWII era Japan. I'd like to somehow see the pearl divers in action.
Q: We're having a twitter contest about Friday the 13th. Have you ever had something crazy happen on Friday the 13th? Or anything with that vibe on another day?
A: Let's see. Have you ever been to a frat party? Terrifying! *awkward silence* I remember my childhood friends and I used to play hide and seek in the basement of an old church. That's about as spooky as my life gets.
Q: Except for the zombies, of course.
A: Of course. Except for the zombies.
Does your life get spookier? Or do you have a story/poem that can top Anthony's? If so, tweet it to @pinchjournal, and check back with The Spark this Friday to see our winners. For interviews with our former contributors, look here!