Contributor Spotlight: Kathleen Rooney

krasmagritteKathleen Rooney’s hybrid pieces, “LE FAUX MIROIR,L’ESPRIT DE LA GÉOMÉTRIE,” and L’ÉTERNITÉ are featured in Issue 73 of the Bellingham Review.

What would you like to share with our readers about the work you contributed to the Bellingham Review?

I strongly encourage readers to Google Image Search “Rene and Georgette Magritte dog” to get some adorable shots of the Magrittes with Loulou, their trusty Pomeranian.

Tell us about your writing life.

I’ve been working at a standing desk for the past 5 or so years, and it’s been a revelation; sitting is the worst.

Which non-writing aspect of your life most influences your writing?

Long walks through the city—flanerie—are something I can’t imagine living or writing without.

What writing advice has stayed with you?

Fred Leebron said “Writing is a game of attrition. Don’t attrit.”

What is your favorite book or essay or poem?

At the moment, I can’t get enough of this Robert Frost poem about walking in the city.

What are you reading right now?

The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead. It’s about a miserable marriage, yet it is anything but miserable to read.

What project are you working on now?

I’m working on what I hope will be my third novel, a World War I story.

Anything else our readers might want to know about you?

Check out the amazing work of my fellow Poems While You Wait poets.

Where can our readers connect with you online?

A founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, KATHLEEN ROONEY is the co-editor with Eric Plattner of Rene Magritte: Selected Writings (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and her second novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press in January 2017. She lives in Chicago with her husband, the writer Martin Seay.