Anastasia Stelse

The Masticating Dead, poem, Issue 34, March 1, 2016

Birthday? Saint Nick's Day
When did you start writing? I started writing "seriously" (if you can call it that) in college, but by first or second grade I was writing little poems and stories to amuse myself.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication was a poem called, "Consumption," with the online literary journal, The Bleeding Lion, in 2015.
What themes do you like to write about? I often find myself writing about themes of excavation, preservation, and knowing versus the unknowable. To that end, voices of the dead show up a lot. I'm always trying to understand those who came before us--the way they might have thought, the way they might have felt.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Seamus Heaney's bog body poems have always resonated with me. Until I read those poems I didn't realize that everything really is fair game in poetry. The way he describes and humanizes the long dead is something that's stuck with me and is something I try to emulate.
Anastasia Stelse is a native of southeastern Wisconsin, the assistant editor for The Intentional, and a graduate from the MFA program at American University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in creative writing at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. Her work has appeared in The Bleeding Lion, (parenthetical), and Meniscus, among others. Follow her on Twitter @AnastasiaStelse