Christopher DeWeese

recorded in Atlanta, GA

with Heather Christle

 

Christopher DeWeese

My name’s Christopher DeWeese, I live in Atlanta, Georgia.


Heather Christle

And my name is Heather Christle and I live in Atlanta, Georgia with Christopher DeWeese.


The Knox Writers’ House

How’d you guys get here?


DeWeese

We moved down here a year and a half ago, that would have been the summer of ’09, because Heather Christle received this wonderful creative writing fellowship at Emory University. She found out on April Fool’s Day of that year and we thought it was a cruel gag that our friends were playing, but then we decided to move down here and I was fortunate to find a teaching position as well, at Agnes Scott College. So, we’ve been down here since then.


Christle

And we moved here from western Massachusetts where we had been before; we met there in graduate school at UMass Amherst.


KWH

What’s it like being a writer in Atlanta, so far?


Christle

It’s a little bit lonely for us because we came from a place that was so completely overflowing with people doing lots and lots of things. And it might just be that we’ve only been here a short time, but we haven’t quite, I think, found the same feeling. Although we have made our way into happiness with some people who you guys recorded yesterday, Blake and Jamie. They’re wonderful.


KWH

We love them too.


Christle

Yeah, they’re so good. And Jamie does things like try to save us when our car breaks. But I find that that’s more about…hanging out. It’s not as much about the sort of artistic relationship, which we maybe had more of with people up in Massachusetts.


DeWeese

It seems like Atlanta is such a big city and it’s so spread out that it’s hard to find any one focal point, so I think there are a lot of different small or medium-sized communities that don’t necessarily have a lot of dialogue with each other.


Christle

But we talk all the time, you and I.


DeWeese

[Laughs]


Christle

About our work, and we read each other’s poems pretty much immediately. You read mine more immediately than I read yours. But we’ve got our little terrarium here.


DeWeese

And I suppose that since we knew that we were probably only going to be living in Atlanta for two years, a lot of what we’ve done since we’ve been here has been fairly interior.


Christle

Yeah.


KWH

Do you miss the artistic community?


Christle

Yes


DeWeese

Yeah, absolutely.


KWH

Do you think it’s important, for your writing, to be part of a community? Or for you as people, to be part of an artistic or literary community?


Christle

I think so. Right? Yeah. But also, we maintain those ties pretty strongly.

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