Meet Sudden Denouement Collective Member Aurora Phoenix



The editors of Sudden Denouement Literary Collective know that our strength is our writers. We hope that you enjoy getting to know them through our new Writer Interview Series.

What name do you write under?

Aurora Phoenix

In what part of the world do you live? Tell us about it.
I live split between Dayton and Cincinnati, OH, USA. I enjoy the ease of access to nearly everything I need, while I find the viewpoints to be often a bit conservative. The most important defining characteristic of home to me is the location of my loved ones, so this is home.

Please tell us about yourself.
I am a professional career woman, mother and partner. I am in the process of rebuilding my life after an incarceration, and work multiple jobs as I regain my footing. I love to travel, including immersing myself in nature, experiencing new places, and photographing those experiences. There are never enough hours in the day to do all that I want and need to do. The most baffling thing that anyone can say to me is that they are bored. How is that possible in world so full of possibilities?

If you have a blog or website, please provide the name and the link.
When did you begin your blog/website, and what motivated you start it?
My blog was begun for me, while I was incarcerated. I was writing daily, for the literal survival of my soul, and mailing my work home. Family members were encouraged to create a blog. After I returned home, I picked up the blog myself. It took me a while to begin interacting within the blogging community.

What inspires/motivates you to keep blogging on your site?
I have various motivations to continue blogging. One is the desire to continue to hone my writing, as I would eventually like to publish a book of my own work. I also greatly appreciate the community with which I have become connected on WordPress. At times, I am inspired to write by experiences in my daily life. At others, I am inspired by the work of other amazing writers and am prompted to write by their pieces.

When did you join the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective?
I was invited to join one of Sudden Denouement’s sister sites in spring of 2017. I later joined with several other writers in creating Blood Into Ink, another affiliated site which highlights work related to trauma survival.

Why/how did you join Sudden Denouement?
I had found Sudden Denouement as I began to interact among WordPress writers and was greatly impressed with their work. I submitted a piece to a writing contest and was astonished and thrilled to place within the top 10 pieces submitted. I remain immensely honored to be a part of such an incredibly talented group of writers.

What does “Divergent Literature” mean to you?
To me, Divergent literature means writing without being harnessed to rules, whether they be of genre, syntax or rhythm.

SD Founder Jasper Kerkau frequently talks about Sudden Denouement writers using the ‘secret language’. What is it?
The challenge with any secret language is in the translation. While it may read differently for each of us, it is the gusted spray of our carotids upon the page.

What are your literary influences?
This is a tricky question, since I began college as an English major and ended that in disgust after a semester in which my professors forced interpretations of various works as all revolving around sex and death. (I became a psychology major and rehashed that argument with Freud.)
I would have to say, for sheer determination, Anne Frank.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, to whom I credit a lifelong love of reading.

Has any of your work been published in print? (books, literary magazines, etc.) How did that happen?
A had 4 pieces published in an Anthology last year, The Poetic Bond VII. I submitted in response to a call for submissions and had several pieces accepted.

Do you have writing goals? What are they?
While I would love to eventually have a book of my own work published, my greatest goal for my writing is that is speaks to people. I do hope that my writing also creates greater awareness regarding the injustices rife within the criminal justice system.

Which pieces of your own writing are your favorites? Please share a few links.
Another challenging question. Often when I write it has the quality of giving birth – it is laborious and intimate and intense – and when I am done, I don’t look back. Then sometimes when I do re-read old pieces, I am surprised 😊.
Cuts of Silence
Trouble in the Keys

What else would like to share about your writing, Sudden Denouement, or yourself?

When I was a child, being a writer was one of my dreams. For many years, it went unrealized. I am ecstatic that I can now call myself a writer.


29 thoughts on “Meet Sudden Denouement Collective Member Aurora Phoenix

  1. I really love your work and your interview has given me the chance to read more about you. Your amazing definition of the secret language keeps echoing in my head … “the gusted spray of our carotids upon the pages.” Seeing blood both pains and liberates. If we are entitled to more freedoms, the one granted by free verse, free thinking, free blood filling up our pages, is the most magical, as it is the measure of the others…

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