Brief Encounters With Non-Hideous Humans


Dana Levin is the author of three books with Copper Canyon Press: In the Surgical TheatreWedding Day, and Sky Burial, which was noted for 2011 year-end honors by The New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal and Coldfront Magazine. A recipient of fellowships from the Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations, Levin chairs the Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.





Questions From the Audience: 

Have you ever been on fire?

It depends on what your definition of “on fire” is


What do you think are the downsides to being a tiger?

You have no idea there’s a lady in the next room (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady,_or_the_Tiger%3F)


Where is the best place to enjoy a burrito?

La Cocina de Dona Clara, Santa Fe NM (but get the gorditas. Really.)


What is the furthest distance you have ever travelled from home?

Dune. Desert Planet. Home of the Spice.


Which do you prefer? The beauty of inflections or the beauty of innuendoes?

Ooooooh. Tough choice.


What is the best way to skin a cat?

Please don’t!


Do you have an opinion of crows?

Crows are to ravens as raisins are to the glorious chocolate chip.



How many irons do you currently have in the fire?



In one word or less, describe the place where you are currently located.



On given day, how often –if at all– do you contemplate your own death?

Once a day, every day. Keeps me on my toes.


What was your first epiphany, and how old were you when you had it (if this at all applicable to you, if it is not, feel free to invent something) ?

Haha! The day, at age 3, I realized I could tell my mom the dog ate a dropped oreo cookie (a lie) and thus get another one. (I immediately executed this plan with great success)


If you could reinvent the wheel, what would it look like?

It would definitely involve a lot of decorative carving


My secret identity is:





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