I don’t really like About Me pages and I find it terribly difficult to write an interesting bio so I thought I would find out what others wanted to know about me instead. Here are some of those questions and my answers to them. But first, something of a professional About Me blurb:
Tzynya makes poems. Some of these poems, of late, have been published in The Aurorean (Spring/Summer 2014 ), How to Be the Perfect Dad (Germinal Press, 2012), Mermaids and Merwomen in Vision and Verse (City Gallery, 2012), Holly Rose Review, and in the anthology Alternatives to Surrender (Plain View Press, 2007). She studied Literature and writing, but that doesn’t mean she talks good. Tzynya assembles scrapbooks, dances in front of open windows, and her new favorite things are cherry slushy infused with Patron Silver and avoiding marriage proposals. She is a mama, author of How to Make Pink Confetti (Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and co-author of the e-chapbook Thousand Tambourines: Poems After the Outcry (The Tambourines Project, 2014).
Q. How to pronounce your name?
It’s not as difficult as it appears, really. It is pronounced, tuh-zeen-yah. begin here: pretend you never learned the English language (since my name is Hebrew) and it will be fine. If you still mispronounce it, that too will be fine. We are going to work together to make sure things are as close to fine as possible, here, on this blog. Do you feel better? No? Here, have a drink.
Q. Are you really a mermaid?
Yes, and no, I will not show you my tail.
Q. Are you a poet or a writer?
I’m a storyteller. It’s a matter of listening to the narrative. Sometimes I force it, strong-arm a prose into a poetry – especially when I haven’t written any new poetry in a good while – it never works. I have folders, thumb drives, and clouds full of poems that should have been prose (and vice versa). Lately, I’ve been taking photographs – I am hoarding hundreds of photographs on my Android phone! – that spin a nice narrative. See, this is storytelling too. Check out my little gallery.
Q. You have two chapbooks. Why don’t you write a larger collection of poetry?
I like full length collections of poetry – when others write them. I think my work best lends itself to the chapbook. It’s not about creating a pamphlet-sized work (I spent six months selecting/arranging the 12 poems in How to Make Pink Confetti, years writing them, and a lot of poems didn’t make the cut), it’s about the craft of handmade books. Imagine: this diminutive creature, the chapbook – with its staples, string, and rough-trimmed pages – among a chorus of giants, but it makes no apology. Like an overstuffed bra, the chapbook is hopeful, romantic, and a little bawdy and I am all those things, and my work is all those things.
Q. Do you write erotica, if so, will you publish a collection of erotic stories?
If a poem says to me, “hey, this lyric can only travel its intended road if pinned to a pair of knickers…” then I do it, but I don’t find any sense of urgency in writing about sex (and that is by no means a commentary on erotica or writers of erotica). Come on, really, most erotica bores me (including my own) and it bores you too. Sex is as base as waking up with bad breath. There’s only so much you can do with it on paper. I don’t want to spend too much time writing about something I’d rather be doing. I will, however, recite dirty limericks until my tongue goes limp. By the by, Rumi, Anais Nin, Erica Jong, Marguerite Duras, and Frida Kahlo (yeah, do your homework) are my favorite writers of erotica.
Q. Do you believe in God?
Q. Who is your favorite writer?
I can’t pick just one.
Q. What’s your favorite food?
Mexican food, especially southwestern cuisine.
Q. Are you a good dancer.
Q. Do you kiss on the first date?
Absolutely. And before the first date too.
Q. Where are you from?
The Pacific Ocean. Specifically, the blue-green underside of the wave just before it slams against the shoreline.
Q. You’re kind of funny, you ever thought about being a comedian?
No. I’m kind of short, but I’ve never thought of being a munchkin either.
Q. Who’s in your wet dream and what are you guys doing?
Matthew Gray Gubler and he is reading to me from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Q. Which fictional character are you most like?
I guess that would depend who you ask and which day of the week you ask them. I say I am most like Countess Olenska from the novel The Age of Innocence — gracious and wayward; refined, but rebellious; randy, uppity, and fiercely devoted. I am both villain and hero and I own a lot of lace and tulle.
Q. What advice would you give to young writers?
Make a life worthy of bouncing stories against.
Q. What do you wish for your writing?
That it’s around long after post-zombie apocalyptic society.