Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL) is a Writers' Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a simple, but vital mission: to encourage, promote, and celebrate the literary endeavors of writers in the Great Lakes region.
Literature is a way of communicating, just like speech. How does translation impact what is trying to be communicated? Join us here at GLCL on Wednesday, August 5, at 6:30 p.m., as our panel, Ian Haight, Rebeca Castellanos, Médar Serrata, Diane Rayor, & Matthew Landrum, discusse the issues, challenges, and joys of creating communication from one language to another. This event is free!
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The Proust Questionnaire
When the author Marcel Proust was a teenager, he responded to a questionnaire in an English-language confessional album; the questions were intended to reveal the tastes and aspirations of the respondent. More recently, a version of the questionnaire has become a back-page favorite featuring celebrities in Vanity Fair magazine. We think it works well for the literati of Michigan, too.
KELLY BROWN: I am a writer, fitness enthusiast and egg eater (you heard that right). I am a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and English and am the current Web Copy Editor for Create and Craft USA. My awards include an honorable mention in Grand Valley's running of the AWP Awards for her short fiction piece, "Ring Around Rosie" and a recognition award from the Writing Department at GVSU. My short fiction has been published in Fishladder, Talking Soup and Brazenhead Review, and I've been a previous contributor for Traverse Magazine/MyNorth.com and The Awesome Mitten. In my "free-time," I coach cheerleading at Rockford High School, listen to copious amounts of music, and dream of owning a food truck (and a cat). I currently live in East Grand Rapids with musician and Starling Electric front-man, Caleb Dillon.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A dog at my feet, a cat on my head, and a good book in both hands.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Too hard to say on this one.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Six Hundred. When I can't remember how big something is I always say it is six hundred. Ex: "Yeah I probably had six hundred cups of coffee."
Which literary character do you despise?
Every character in Gone Girl.
Which talent would you most like to have?
What do you value most in your friends?
Who are your favorite writers?
Ron Carlson, George Saunders, Caitlin Horrocks, Kevin Brockmeir, Jennifer Egan, Raymond Carver, J.D Salinger, Denis Johnson
Who is your favorite literary hero or heroine?
I don't think I have one. I always side with the villains.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Whenever I am able to write without distraction. I consider that to be a great achievement.
What is your motto?
I try to live by the rule of "Live fast and hard and take breaths in the quiet moments."