A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Charlene Elsby

with Charlene Elsby:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Charlene: I started writing in high school. My first influences were Nabokov, Dostoevsky, Freud, Nietzsche, Goethe, Sade, and especially August Strindberg.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Charlene: Well, I’m still reading Nabokov, but also Cioran, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty. I was never into Kafka, but now I am.

Q3: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Charlene: No pivotal moments. It was more of a constant burning resentment of people who were already doing these things, because I wanted to do them too.

Q4: Who has helped you most with writing?

Charlene: The people who have published me.

Q5: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing & did any travels away from home influence your work?

Charlene: I grew up in southern Ontario and when I started writing, I was living in a trailer, and I got my books used on eBay, because then I could pay for them with money orders from the post office. (I wasn’t old enough to have a credit card.) It was on the edge of town, and there wasn’t much to do, so I read a lot, and that influenced me for sure. When I got an academic job, that gave me a travel budget for conferences and research, which was amazing. I wrote most of Affect in Leuven, Belgium, while researching Husserl’s manuscripts on the phenomenology of time.

Q6: What do you consider your most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far to you?

Charlene: Hexis was really raw, and I didn’t have a concept at the time of what it was like for people to read your work, and I think that made it special. Affect is more intentional, like I wrote that one on purpose; it’s got nuance. Psychros is what happened once Clash enabled me. When they took Hexis, I took that as license to do whatever I want and started writing Psychros

Q7: Favorite activities to relax?

Charlene: Awful television.

Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem/writing of yours or others?

Charlene: I don’t know if it’s a favorite, but I think about it a lot–this line from The Misfits by Arthur Miller. Marilyn Monroe says it in the movie: “Maybe all there really is is just the next thing. The next thing that happens. Maybe you’re not supposed to remember anybody’s promises.”

Q9: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?


Psychros from Clash Books on October 12, 2021. And I recently published a story called “Agyny” on selffuck.help.

Book link: https://www.clashbooks.com/new-products-2/charlene-elsby-psychros-preorder

Twitter: @elsbycharlene


By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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