MWF program intern Anneliz answers the tough questions.
What do you like to do when you’re not interning?
Watching TV series and movies, editing for a digital journal for Filipino creatives called ALPAS Journal, writing, reading, hanging out on Pinterest, daydreaming.
If you could be any fictional character for a week, who would you be?
I’d be Violet Baudelaire from A Series of Unfortunate Events. She’s smart and creative but most importantly, she gets to cuddle Sunny all the time.
Why did you decide to intern?
I learned about MWF a year and a half ago and was enthralled by it, especially because I hadn’t seen anything like it before. I volunteered a year later and loved the experience. Then I decided that an internship with MWF would be the best opportunity to be involved and learn about the industry, so here I am.
What’s one book everyone should read at some point in their life?
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, because it can humble and make one feel more human than ever.
Who would be your dream author to see at MWF?
The dream is to see Margaret Atwood, although she has been a guest before. But someone can come back for a visit, right? Also, Annie Dillard because she is amazing.
What’s your most loved and most hated book-to-movie adaptation?
I haven’t watched that many book-to-movie adaptations because I am a bit skeptical on this, but I enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale book and show.
What are you reading right now?
The Indigo Book of Australian Prose Poems.
How do you read books – print/ebooks/audiobooks?
Print, but there are rare times I turn to ebooks.
If a literary villain had the power to escape the pages of the book they’re trapped in and take over the world, which villain do you think would be most likely to do so?
I think Napoleon from Animal Farm (oftentimes) takes over the world. Who does it better than a dictator who pretends otherwise? Or Professor Umbridge from Harry Potter because she sounds like a bossy aunt who forces people to do annoying things.
Favourite Australian author?
Jennifer Down. Every story in her collection Pulse Points made me pause, catch my breath, or do both at the same time.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Writing a book, being involved in lit fests in Australia and the Philippines, editing stories for a publishing company, traveling to less-known places, slowly getting through my pile of unread books.
Find out which prose poetry books Anneliz recommends here.
Anneliz Marie Erese is one of MWF’s program interns. She studies writing and literature at Deakin University. She also likes organising and planning using Excel spreadsheets and creating dream boards for her future home.