INTERVIEW WITH CHLOE MARTINEZ
When did you first feel like a writer?
I think I’ve always felt like a writer privately, but I felt like a writer in a new way the first time I read my work in public.
What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
In any class I teach, I want to create a safe space for every student; to enable experimentation and risk; and to encourage my students to see themselves as members of a community of making.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I’d love to meet Lenu and Lila, from Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet. They are so real to me in those books–so complex and difficult and familiar and strange. I think about them as if they were real people.
Chloe Martinez is a poet and a scholar of South Asian religions. She is the author of the collection Ten Thousand Selves (The Word Works) and the chapbook Corner Shrine (Backbone Press). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah and elsewhere. She works at Claremont McKenna College. See more at www.chloeAVmartinez.com