Leah Iannone received her MFA in poetry from The New School’s Creative Writing Program. She currently works as Director of Academic Planning at The New School. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, 12th Street, The Best American Poetry Blog, Alimentum, Redheaded Stepchild, PAX Americana, Barrow Street, Psychic Meatloaf, and The Inquisitive Eater.
Who is your favorite villain, and who is your favorite protagonist in literature?
My favorite villain is the cliche controlling husband in any book. He's always so fun to hate. My favorite protagonist is the Ugly Pumpkin, a character from my favorite children’s book. He feels like a total outcast until he realizes that...oh my gosh he’s a squash. It’s impossible not to root for him.
When did you know you were a writer?
I knew I was a writer the day I realized if forced to choose, I would choose it over so many awesome things...like a good kiss, or a cupcake.
What are you currently working on?
I’m actually working on a few things, which feels really great--a new chapbook, an essay about the brutal experience of online dating, and I’m co-writing a web series/TV pilot based on higher education.
How has your writing changed over the years?
My writing has become deliberate; I choose what I write about very carefully. I don’t have the desire to use language on ideas that don’t mean something to me, whether it be serious or absurd.
Describe your writing style in one sentence.
Quirky, a little whimsical, honest, hopefully, humorous to the reader, and scattered with references to all things girly.
Five Questions, by Nicole L. Drayton. Nicole is a writer, screenwriter and independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The New School, and currently works for the university in the MFA Creative Writing office.