Who are you? What do you do/study?
Currently I´m a PhD student at the institute. I study and have studied a lot of different things, including, but not limited to linguistics, literature and art. I will be doing a written performance piece for *tba presents this year.
What or who inspired you to write?
I started writing my own stories as soon as I knew how to put down words. At the moment, I feel most inspired by politically motivated writers like Roxane Gay. Ottessa Moshfeg´s recent pulp novel Eileen was really interesting to me on many different levels, in that it depicted vileness in a female anti-hero that had previously been reserved for antagonistic men. I´m not interested in depicting the same gritty – albeit historically reimagined – realities, but I´d say my style has some of the markings of dystopian pseudo-realism. I also found it really interesting that Moshfeg wrote her novel as a writing exercise and more of a response to writing practices, consciously removing herself from her more artistic style of writing to write a thriller, which nevertheless ended up being surreal to a certain extent.
How would you describe your style?
As I mentioned above, it has some markings of dystopian pseudo-realism. It´s personal, because I think written works are always somewhat personal. I´m going to be trying something a little different at *tba presents in that it will be more of an acted out/performance piece. But maybe it won´t be, after all, and then it will be more of a poem.
*tba and me
I´ve been involved with *tba for the past couple of years. I was very involved in the first *tba presents and couldn´t be there for the second (though I heard it was quite amazing), so I´m really happy to be back this year.
A random fact: Most of the time I really dislike photos of myself (I´m weird and anxious about it, something about reality and change and all that), and I try not to have too many of them out and about on the internet, at least not under my real name. That´s why the photo in this profile is a little weird, though I´m using a pseudonym here as well.