Interview – Emily Ruth


Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Something that may be interesting about me: I’m about to send off the first letter I ever wrote to my Congressperson. I wanted to thank her for her advocacy on women’s rights and the environment.

When you create, what inspires you?

I write about things I want to remember and things I want to share.

Tell us about the specific inspiration behind one or each of your accepted pieces.

I’ll just say it’s autobiographical.

What is your medium of choice? Why?

I wish I could sing or draw — I’ve even started taking a class to learn basic sketching techniques. But it always comes back to words.

How did you first discover your love for creating?

I’m an insomniac — I write the most when it’s dark and late and want to sleep so badly but just can’t. It’s almost a way of warding off the anxiety that I usually feel at those times rather than a need to create.

fēlan is old English for feel. What makes you feel envy?

A semi-guilty pleasure is reading fashion magazines. They are basically one long advertisement for a specific lifestyle you can only replicate with massive amounts of money and natural attractiveness. So sometimes I’ll feel a little twinge when I look a picture of a well-lit loft with an artistically placed cat or a group of friends on a beach vacation — that sort of thing

Please feel free to add anything else you think is relevant.

A great quote I read recently from a piece by the pseudo-anonymous Italian author, Elena Ferrante: ‘I believe that books, once written, have no need of their authors.’ So, no need to even skim this before reading my poem. It’ll be fine without me.

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