#WhereWeWrite: Anca Szilagyi

Posted Wed, 4/20/2016 - 4:54pm by  |  Category:

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My writing desk tends to be chaotic. On ground zero, there’s my laptop with a sticky note that says “remember the smallest detail,” a couple marked-up copies of the sixth draft of my novel Paralegalthe new outline for my seventh draft on the poster board wedged at the back (it is undergoing major surgery—fingers crossed!), and finally a couple craft essays to re-read before my Contemporary Fairy Tales class. Above that, I’ve got all my favorite craft books, like Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the New Millenium and Jeanette Winterson’s Art Objects, and a family portrait, which reminds me to be a person first and a literature-obsessed robot second. Up top, there’s a small fraction of my to-read pile (Haruki Murakami, Herta Muller), our wedding album, and a decapitated Pittsburgh Pirates figurine. (I do not have any baseball opinions. It seemed a suitable knickknack.)


Anca Szilagyi is a Brooklynite living in Seattle. Her fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Electric Literature, Jewish in Seattle, Kirkus, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Made at Hugo House, Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction.”