Q&A with Zoë Bossiere

1. If you were reviewing your own work, how would you describe its style or point of view?

My only goal when I sit down to write is to accurately express the emotion driving me to finish the piece, and then for this emotion to resonate with the reader after s/he has put the page down. That said, people have told me that my work is candid and pretty to look at. I do my best to write my best.

2. Who are some of your favorite contemporary authors?

Some of those I admire and who influence me include, in no special order: Annie Dillard, Bernard Cooper, Ander Monson, Edward Hoagland, Lia Purpura, Fenton Johnson, Aurelie Sheehan, Christopher Cokinos, Maggie Nelson, Leslie Jameson, Alison Deming, Elena Passarello, David Sedaris, Kate Bernheimer, and Heather Christle.

3. If you were told you couldn't write anymore, what job would you pursue and why?

I have taught preschool age children for six years, and my flash essay in The Austin Review, “Beautiful Stuff” details a moment I experienced in the classroom. If I had to leave the writing life behind, I would certainly continue to work with young children because I love listening to their ideas and perceptions of the world; I covet the child’s ability to hold up a ball of mud or a blade of grass and without a hint of irony declare, “This is beautiful.”

4. When you think of Austin, what comes to mind?

I think of that movie “Bernie,” with the old man in the diner explaining the “five states of Texas.” In central Texas is the People’s Republic of Austin populated by “a buncha hairy-legged women and liberal fruitcakes” and I’m kind of into that.

5. Answer the question you wish we had asked.

Me out dancing.


About Zoë Bossiere

Zoë Bossiere lives in Tucson, Arizona where she recently graduated from the University of Arizona. She is currently working on a collection of essays chronicling her parents’ adventures as Hungarian circus superstars in the 1980s. Other published works and significant life events can be viewed at zoebossiere.tumblr.com.