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    Interview with Snezana Zabie 

    Who are you? What are your specialties?

    I’m from Croatia. I write fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and do translation work. I got my MFA in poetry from UNC-Willmington(?). I’m currently in a PhD program for writers. I’m working on a creative dissertation exploring the break-up of Yugoslavia and the refugee experience.

    Do you work within a writing community?

    I don’t work in a formal group. I have some writing friends and I’ve collaborated on projects in the past. I was part of a group in Belgrade, Serbia during which we wrote a book together. I’ve also been involved with creative writing stemming from participation in feminist or activist groups.

    What do you to support yourself and your writing?

    I’m a teaching assistant at the university where I’m getting my PhD. I also taught throughout my time in the MFA program.

    Do you work on many projects at a time or try and stay focused on one?

    I work on multiple projects at once. I’ve always done it like that. Sometimes I just wake up with ideas for one particular project or another. I work with deadlines sometimes.

    With so many varied interests, do you do mixed-genre work?

    Not all of my work is mixed-genre. The dissertation I’m working in the largest mixed-media project I’ve done. I’m using aspects of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. The reason being that I thought it important to deal with more voices than just my own. I used some found text about other peoples experience during the break-up of Yugoslavia. I’m also interested in the unreliability of memory and artifice of writing. There’s some fiction pretending to be non-fiction.

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      Sorry, I should have pronounced my name when we talked . It’s Zabic (zha-bitch). :-)

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    An Interview with Tina Cabrera 

    Who are you and what are your specialties?

    I have an MFA from San Diego State in Fiction. I’m currently applying to PhD programs right now. I write mostly short stories about dark themes.

    What do you do to support yourself and your writing?

    I teach English part-time at different college in San Diego.

    Why are you interested in getting a Ph. after the MFA?

    I love academia and being in those environments. I also enjoy teaching. Going through the PhD program will also give me more space to grow as a writer.

    What themes do you prefer to write about and why?

    Dark themes that dwell on some of the existential questions of life. Recently, I’ve been getting into more surreal work.

    Whose work do you enjoy/admire?

    Lance Olson, Borges, Beckett, Virginia Woolf.

    How do you stay motivated to keep writing?

    I try to make it a practice to write something everyday, even if it’s just one line. If it means that much to you, you’ll make time.

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