The Questionnaire: Gayle Wald

How do you get up in the morning?

I wake my 5-year-old, who insists on operating the French press. 


Do you succumb to nostalgia? 

I definitely think the music of the 1960s and ’70s was better.


What’s your favorite negative emotion?

Obsessing. Definitely obsessing.


How long can you go without putting paw to keyboard?

Two minutes. My inbox beckons.


Do you prefer to write standing, or must you lie prone in a field of dandelions with a steno pad and a good pen? Or what?

I prefer to write with shoulders pinned to ears and back hunched over keyboard. Writing heals but it also hurts. 



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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

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