Once, I was you, a hippie friend said, just like you, when I danced. I didn’t believe it, until she dressed me up in Edie clothes. And I saw me, through Superstar eyes We sparkled in the same way We looked lost in the same way We’d said Ciao to everything we’d ever known, everything that had ensnared us, but it still wasn’t enough, and so I didn’t want to believe (no such thing as reincarnation, I said) but really because I’ve dreamt of her through a million pasts, seen her in a thousand mirror ghosts, saw she knew me Inside and out and very far From the world’s stage From the critics, the ocean hid us away, where we dreamt in unicorns star-wished above the clouds danced like kindred spirits under full moons Barefoot and wild and free and holding a million futures in our hands, always and forever sisters, best friends, daisy chain girls full of love for this imaginary world; for ourselves. For only ourselves, next time.
More on Willow Croft: Willow’s speculative fiction/horror has been published in a number of anthologies and journals. Find out more on Willow’s website https://willowcroft.blog
Ron Riekki is a poet/writer/editor from Michigan and has been published by several publications such as Juked, The Threepenny Review, Wigleaf, Akashic Books, Beloit Poetry Journal, Spillway, Rattle and many more. He has produced/written films that have been submitted to the SooFilmFest Screenings in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. This years festival dates are currently September 15-19th. This year “Thank You For Your Teeth” is his submission to this film festival directed by George ve Gänæaard & Horia Cucută. He has written several shorts & screenplays.
Ron has compiled and has written several poetry & fiction books included a book of essays based on "Stephen King's It" titled "The Many Lives of It: Essays on the Stephen King Horror Franchise"
Another unique concept for an anthology that Ron has edited is “The Way North” Collected Upper Peninsula New Works which is a collection of writing from several contributors that are writers either from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or are based on the territory. Writers such as Steve Hamilton, Catie Rosemurgy, Keith Taylor, Jonathan Johnson, John Smolens, and Ellen Airgood are included in this Michigan Writing collection.
“My Ancestors Are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction” is a book of stories and poetry through the eyes of a Saami-American that deals with struggles of today’s world through metaphors and verse.
An anthology edited by Ron “Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice” is a nice collection of Great Lakes region poets and writers that speak on diversity, social justice, and poet laureates of the region putting out some of their most meaningful works. Poets such as Rita Dove, Lauren McClung, Karla Huston, Joyce Sutphen, Zora Howard, Wendy Vardaman, Marvin Bell and much more are included in this collection.
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Anne: I wrote a couple of small stories as a child, a few more as a teenager, then became a serious writer in my mid-twenties, after college and graduate school. I don’t recall who influenced my earliest attempts, but in high school, I was a great admirer of Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald. Later, my focus shifted to women authors – Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, and Alice Munro.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
Anne: I’d say, Tessa Hadley, Rachel Cusk, and Kathryn Davis.
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing? Have any travels away from home influenced your work/describe?
Anne: I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Although I lived there only until I was fourteen, that area features prominently in my fiction. That said, more of my work in recent years is set in the Pacific Northwest where I’ve lived since 1982. Every time I travel I’m influenced by new scenery and quite often new fiction will come out of something specific – a forest fire in the Methow Valley of Washington State, or the off-season atmosphere of a beach town on the Oregon Coast.
Q4: What do you consider your most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far?
Anne: My poetry books, for sure.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
Anne: Not really. But poetry took a long time to find its way to me. Then, late in 2017, I began writing poems and now this is quite an ongoing pursuit and obsession for me.
Q6: Favorite activities to relax?
Anne: I admit to watching a lot of television, usually a police procedural set in the UK . I’m made for those.
Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?
Anne: My debut poetry collection, the moon won’t be dared, releases this October from Unsolicited Press, and is available for preorder here: ht https://bit.ly/2RU64yC
Q8: One of your favorite lines from a poem/writing of yours or others?
Anne: My favorite line comes from the poet, Mary Oliver: “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
Anne: C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor at The Atlantic Monthly. He mentored me for about eight years, and read every story I sent him. His feedback was enormously useful.
Award-winning author of eleven books 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze Medal Winner 2020 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Short List 2020 Eric Hoffer Award, Honorable Mention, General Fiction Category 2017 Maxy Awards, Best Fiction Winner 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal Winner Look for a winter night, my new novel, recently released by Unsolicited Press