Chavisa Woods in conversation with Bernard Meisler.
Chavisa Woods is a New York-based literary fiction author, and poet. She is the author of three books. The first, Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, (2009) is both a short fiction collection and a novel. Woods’ second work of fiction, The Albino Album, a novel, (2013) is a queer epic and follows the life of a little girl who accidentally feeds her mother to an albino tiger and grows up to become a domestic terrorist. Her third, Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country (2017), is a collection of short stories focusing on the lives of people living in rural areas of the U.S., one of which,”How to Stop Smoking in Nineteen-thousand-two-hundred-and-eighty-seven Seconds, Usama,” was originally published by Sensitive Skin.
We spoke about her latest work, concerning the #MeToo movement, our mutual respect, admiration and love for our mentor-in-common John Farris, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Around the 45-minute mark, Chavisa reads an excerpt from an as-of-yet (but probably not for too long) unpublished story, “Exit Stage.”