The Writer’s Block: A Q&A with Adriana Ramirez

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Adriana Ramirez is a Mexican-Colombian nonfiction writer, storyteller, and performance poet. Her memoir, Dead Boys, was the recipient of the 2015 PEN/FUSION Emerging Writer’s Prize. In 2016, she was named a “Critic At Large” by the Los Angeles Times’ Book Section. Ramirez is the co-founder of both the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective and Aster(ix) Journal. She is also the author of two books of poetry, The Swallows and Trusting in Imaginary Spaces. Her debut full-length nonfiction book, The Violence, is forthcoming in Fall of 2017 from Scribner.

Sampsonia Way spoke with Ramirez about her inspirations and challenges in writing and her journey to realizing she was a writer. Ramirez spoke about the need for what she calls a “cosmic zoom,” and her efforts to be “global” as she writes from the United States.

  1. About The Writer’s Block
  2. The Writer’s Block is an ongoing video series of interviews with visiting writers at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. In these Q&A’s, conducted on Sampsonia Way, writers sit down with us to discuss literature, their craft, and career.
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Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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