How Anne Germanacos Became a Writer

Thanks, Freshly Pressed for posting blogger phdincreativewriting’s interview with Anne Germanacos which captivated and inspired me. From her interview, it seems she is a down-to-earth, lucid individual. Can’t wait to read some of her books!

ph.d. in creative writing

As writers, we live double lives: lived once in the world of others, and again, in the quiet of our own minds. It takes a certain amount of will and courage to leave with regularity the circle of humanity in order to enact a kind of theft, which is one aspect of what the writing life seems to be.

Anne Germanacos is the author of the short story collection In the Time of Girls (BOA Editions). Born in San Francisco, she has lived in Greece for over thirty years. Together with her husband, Nick Germanacos, she ran the Ithaka Cultural Studies Program on the islands of Kalymnos and Crete, and taught writing, literature, and Modern Greek. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in over eighty literary reviews and anthologies, including Dzanc’s Best of the Web 2009. She and her husband have four…

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Life Story in 100 Words

I don’t remember Nebraska. Moved to Albuquerque when I was 3 and had my first ballet class. Grew up in the mountains, home schooled: art projects, animals, dirt, nature; but every afternoon we drove to the city to dance. Loved to dance. Moved to Boston at 17 to dance. stressed and danced. Columbia, South Carolina: first ballet job. major disappointment. Injuries and changes of plans. Worked through it: part time jobs, good friends, school. Didn’t want to stay. Columbia isn’t so bad after all. England. Spain. Italy. Columbia. No, not in South America. Plain old Columbia. Good ol’ South. It isn’t so bad.