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The Questionless Books Interview: Poet, Educator, and Text/Sound Explorer a.rawlings

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The Questionless Books Interview: Poet, Educator, and Text/Sound Explorer a.rawlings

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales/publicity/production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

a.rawlings is a Canadian poet, editor, and multidisciplinary artist who has presented and/or published work in Canada, Belgium, Iceland, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, and the United States. Her poetry has been translated into Dutch, French, Icelandic, Korean, and Spanish.

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I am... a.rawlings.

I am known to... harvest field sound recordings of waterfalls in rural Iceland.

I do this in... between stints of volcanology research, breathing, sound-movement-text exploration, collaboration with Maja Jantar or bluemouth inc. or Nilan Perera and Julie Lassonde or Matt Ceolin, hiking, arts education, travel writing, vocal and/or contact improvisation, learning Icelandic, and development of works-in-progress such as Environment Canada, Cochlea, and Rule of Three.

I do this because... of my interest in bodies.

I do this when I... can.

The way I do this is... also potentially known as the Tao of Acoustic Ecology.

At his/her core, a Writer is... a reader.

As opposed to an Author, who is... a synonym.

A Writer is responsible for... respite.

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for... auspice.

At its core, Publishing is... dissemination.

As opposed to Editing, which is... the most intimate reading offered a text.

A Publisher should always... disseminate.

As opposed to an Editor, who should always... intimate.

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is... usually printed or e-mailed, then shared.

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is... usually borrowed or bought, then consumed.

A Manuscript should always... illuminate.

As opposed to a Book, which should always... open.

At its core, Bookselling is... a compound word.

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is... two separate words.

The smallest unit of narrative is... the body.

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is... in sense.

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is... nonsense.

In the future we will all... will.

At his/her core, a Reader is... a writer.

However, the ideal Reader is... aware.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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