Annie Dawid teaches online for the University of Denver, University College graduate creative writing program. She writes and makes art in the Wet Mountain Valley of South-Central Colorado, where she raised her formidable son.
Annie Dawid’s fifth book, Put Off My Sackcloth, was published in 2021 by The Humble Essayist Press. It was runner-up in the Los Angeles Book Festival 2021 autobiography category, and finalist in the Book Excellence memoir category and the Rubery International Book Award non-fiction category. Previously, her short story ‘Kenny, Winking’ won the 2022 ChipLitFest Short Story Contest and her novel York Ferry won the 2016 International Rubery Award in Fiction.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is the book that molded me into a writer. I still have the copy my mother inscribed for me on my tenth birthday.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: ‘The beauty of the world has two edges… one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.’ Virginia Woolf
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, written in 2012, chronicling a pandemic that destroys most of the world, creating beauty out of the chaos.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
Getting my son to school, the comedy of errors begins. Because the locking mechanism on my Subaru has frozen, the rear door won’t open unless I do it from the outside. I pull the parking brake, step out and find myself spread eagled on a sheath of black ice. Whenever I turn off the radio, …