Victoria Richards is a poet, freelance writer and second-year MFA Creative Writing student at The New School. She holds a BS degree in Public Relations from St. John’s University. Victoria has a passion for encouraging children to appreciate and create literature for self-discovery and is a 2018-2019 T&W Editorial Associate. Lastly, Victoria is a connoisseur of all things Black girl magic!
1. Who is your favorite villain, and who is your favorite protagonist in literature?
One of my favorite villains is the Warden in Holes by Louis Sachar. She made her nail polish from rattlesnake venom and I love a nice red nail color. One of my favorite protagonists is Hermione Granger because she’s a maneater and the book describes her to be of African descent. But that’s another story for another day.
2. When did you know you were a writer?
I knew I WAS a writer about halfway into my MFA program at The New School.
3. What are you currently working on?
As of now, I’m working on playing with my poetry. So basically I’m really getting into fantastical writing that children and young adults would hopefully be into. My writing is always best when I just break all the rules and play as much as I can. So I’m working on having fun.
4. How has your writing process changed over the years?
My writing process has changed in a spiritual and meditative way. I meditate a lot more now and it helps me develop character, sound, and tone in my poetry and short stories.
5. Describe your writing style in one sentence.
My writing style is like food that isn’t good for you but tastes delicious.
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.