Q & A with Stephanie Del Rosso
1. What are you currently reading?
I’m a little late to the party, but Franzen’s The Corrections. Also, some friends and I dug up Mac Wellman’s Brooklyn College reading syllabus and are trying to plow through all of it. We just finished the Romans.
2. Why did you choose to pair Mixtape with Adiche’s Americanah?
Only because Americanah felt theatrical to me. It had been a while since I’d read a book both so gorgeous and upsetting, with a protagonist who makes you complicit in every narrative turn.
3. Are there standard titles or writers you like to recommend, either within or outside of your field?
In no particular order: God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz, Gnit by Will Eno, Women Laughing Alone With Salad by Sheila Callaghan, The Brothers Size by Tarrell Alvin McCraney, The Flick by Annie Baker, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee. I also love the way Joan Didion talks about sauerkraut in “On Keeping a Notebook.”
4. Is there anything you’re particularly looking forward to the publication of?
The new Marilynne Robinson and the chapbook that 826 is releasing by the students I teach poetry to at Bronx Leadership II.
5. What’s next? Any upcoming projects in the works that you can tell us about?
I’m in my good friend’s short play turned short film “They Have These Really Cool Bike Planters” this coming June. I’m also working on a 10-minute about a relationship in reverse and a new full-length loosely based on snail mail, prison, and kids.