She runs marathons, reads at rapid speed, and has devoured the New York Times in a more literal way than one might expect. Welcome to the wonderful Linda Romano, Agave Magazine's new Contributing Editor: Literature.
AGAVE MAGAZINE: You've been reading Agave Magazine from the very first issue. What made you want to join the team?
LINDA ROMANO: Quite simply, because it's beautiful. The visual impact of the cover attracted me and what was inside was equally stunning. I also do so much writing, reading, and editing of marketing and sales content, and rarely get to immerse myself in literature and creative writing. Being involved in Agave was exciting to me because it's like a literary sorbet that cleanses my palate. Now that I'm involved, I see that the beauty I was initially attracted to reflects the entire Agave process — the way everyone comes together to create a beautiful finished product is inspiring to me.
What do you think makes a piece of literature special?
When it makes you feel something — anything. Even if it's a feeling that doesn't quite sit right or is uncomfortable. Anything that stops you in your tracks, causes a disruption to your equilibrium, that's the literary sweet spot for me.
What books or poems could you read over and over again?
Truth & Beauty and Bel Canto (both by Ann Patchett), The Art of Fielding, Unaccustomed Earth, Four Quartets, Dry Loaf, The Aeneid, Gulls.
What do you hope to bring to Agave Magazine?
Enthusiasm, a love of writing, social media savvy, and the ability to read exceptionally quickly!
What advice would you like to give writers who are thinking of submitting work to Agave Magazine?
Before you hit "submit," try editing your piece by taking out what you would consider to be the "best" part of it. I got that advice from a writing teacher once, and it completely repelled me at first. But she was right, because that exercise reveals the core, the foundation of your work and if the foundation is strong, the piece will withstand such a severe edit. You can put it back if you want to, but at least try the exercise; it will teach you something about what you've written that regular reads/edits/critiques can't.