“I hope writing takes me deeper inward, discovering ever strange and compelling landscapes.”
— Anna Adami
A member of the Writers’ League since January 2023, Anna lives in the DFW area.
Scribe: Welcome, writer! Tell us — what do you write?
Anna Adami: I started in poetry, dabbled in fiction, then found my way to creative non-fiction. Creative non-fiction has been the most addicting.
I imagine I’ll always bounce between genres. Each genre is a different shaped container meant to best hold a distinct storytelling instinct.
Scribe: If you could choose one author to blurb your book, who would it be, and what would you want it to say?
AA: Rachel Carson – “I came back from the dead to endorse this book.”
Scribe: You have one book you’re allowed to push onto all of your friends, and they’re forced to read it to remain your friend — which one would you choose?
AA: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. More than any other book I’ve read, this one invites its readers to deepen their relationship with the natural world. Though Kimmerer honestly depicts the horrors of our climate crisis, she also gives us hopeful frameworks with which to face it. She weaves indigenous wisdom with science with spirituality, all through poetic prose. Braiding Sweetgrass is a holy book for our time.
Scribe: Tell us your WLT story.
AA: I just joined WLT as a 2023 Fellow. I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to learn about the business of writing alongside other writers. The business stuff has always been a daunting desert of mystery and probably also scorpions. I’m relieved to have WLT’s guidance through this wilderness.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
AA: I hope writing takes me deeper inward, discovering ever strange and compelling landscapes. I hope it tunes my attention to the small, the quiet, and the obscure. Lastly, I hope it strengthens my relationships to both my human and non-human kin. I see writing as a life long devotional practice.
Scribe: Here at the WLT, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one book that has come out within the past few years that you couldn’t put down? (Bonus points if the book is Texas related!)
AA: Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative by Melissa Febos
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
AA: Starting February 20, 2023, I am teaching Yoga for Writers: Body and Mind – a 6 Week Generative Writing Workshop on Zoom. There are still a few spots left and I’d love to see some WLT writers there!
The course will incorporate movement and meditation into creative practice. We will start each class with 45 minutes of guided yoga practice, followed by an hour and fifteen minutes of writing, discussion, and sharing. We will practice vinyasa, yin, and meditation. Together, we will explore how a yoga practice may inform, compliment, or agitate a writing practice.
Never practiced yoga before? Not a problem. Never written creatively? You, too, are welcome.