BR&S Spotlight: Meet Taylor Kensel

Meet Taylor Kensel!img_0837

Taylor Kensel grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. She completed her undergrad at Idaho State University with a degree in English and an emphasis in creative writing. She is now at Eastern Washington University working on her MFA. She is loving Spokane, and she especially loves that she finally now has an opportunity to miss her hometown!

This month, we had the opportunity to chat with Taylor about her favorite places, books, and literary magazines—as well as really important subjects, like the art of creating the perfect mixed cd! Taylor also offers some great advice for aspiring writers and literary magazine editors.


     1. What three traits define you?

Messy, procrastinator, adventurous.

  1. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?


  1. What is your greatest fear?

Deep-sea creatures.

  1. Where is your favorite place to be?

Mountain View cemetery in the fall.

  1. What is your favorite thing to do?

Making a new mixed cd and driving around while smoking a grape Primetime.

  1. Where is the best place you have ever visited? Why?

Prague; I loved the huge cuckoo clock. It was incredible being a part of such a large, silent crowd all waiting for a wooden man to pop out.

  1. What would be your ideal career?

Teaching at the university level.

  1. What is your favorite book, movie, and band?

Hunger by Knut Hamsun (book); Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (movie); Interpol (my favorite band this year).

  1. What is something that might surprise us about you?

I’ve had nine major surgeries and am missing many body parts.

  1. What is your favorite quote?

Andy Warhol: “I don’t know where the artificial starts and the real starts.”

  1. If you could have a dinner party with ANY three people (dead or alive), who would they be?

Alison Bechdel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Coco Chanel.

  1. If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ham, with anything else, as long as it’s ham.

  1. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

Probably Kate Hudson because I’ve been told I resemble her.

  1. If you were an animal what would you be?

Cat; my human personality would transition well.

  1. If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring?

A Norton Anthology of American Lit, my house sweater, and a fingernail file.

  1. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?


  1. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

Riding my mint green beach cruiser, cooking, and trivia.

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully employed (fingers crossed).

  1. Do you have any favorite literary magazines/publications that you’d like to give a shout out to?

Tin House and Willow Springs.

  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring artists and literary magazine editors?

Go for it. Always.


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