Happy summer, everyone!
It’s July, which means that my university diploma is coming in the mail and I am spending quite a bit of time staring at the ceiling wondering “Now what?”
Writing-wise I have been on a bit of a hiatus, but earlier this summer I did an interview with BPL (the press who published my chapbook). I have included a quote below and you can read the full interview here. An excerpt also appeared in Issue 11 of their magazine (which is gorgeous and you should read it).
Cover image for Issue 11 of The Birds We Piled Loosely
BPL: What kind of costumes do you wear?
M: I’m still searching for the perfect costume. By that, I mean I’m still trying to figure out who I am. I just received my undergraduate degree, which is such a big step, but also terrifying. I’m at a point where I’ve learned so much about myself, yet I’m also just getting started in life. I feel like I’ve tried on so many different costumes already: the traveler, the free spirit, the scholar, the rebel, the writer. Each one of those costumes has taught me something. Now it’s all about taking the best from each costume and creating something really spectacular.
Check out this interview I did with the UNLV News Center! I talk about rejection, Margaret Atwood, and writing (three of my favorite things! well, maybe not rejection).
For the full interview, click here.
Picture Credit: (Josh Hawkins/UNLV Creative Services)
Manuela Bowles (also known by pen name Manuela Williams) has managed to accomplish in a few short years what many writers hope to achieve over the course of a lifetime—and all before she’ll receive her undergraduate degree in English this week. In addition to the 11 individual poems and stories various literary journals have scooped up for publication, independent press Birds Piled Loosely recently published a short collection (or chapbook) of Bowles’ poetry, Ghost in Girl Costume — placing her work alongside that of long-established poets with full-length collections under their belts. Bowles also serves as a guest reader for literary journal Carve Magazine, reviewing and recommending the work of her peers for publication.
Bowles is also a skilled academic writer and researcher. She won a 2015 UNLV University Libraries Lance and Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award as a junior for her paper “Margaret Atwood and the Implications of the Word ‘Love,’” in which she explored the portrayal of ideal romantic love in Western literature and Atwood’s rejection of that ideal in the author’s work.
— Alexandra Karosas