I’m Vivian Parkin DeRosa.
My favorite thing to do is write books, and I’m currently working on a coming-of-age story. My writing has appeared in the Huffington Post and Poets Reading the News, and I was a 2019 Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
I’m from the Jersey Shore, but I’m currently in Massachusetts for college. (This means that I am constantly cold and constantly reading.) I’m currently the prose editor for the Ideate Review.
I blog about writing to remember that it’s fun, which I sometimes lose track of during my fourth draft of my book. Luckily, my second favorite thing after writing is editing. (That’s a lie. My second favorite thing is probably shopping. But I’m trying to shop less because I own too much clothing & college is expensive & fast fashion isn’t environmentally-friendly & I need the Earth to stop burning so we can live long enough for Lorde to drop her third album. So let’s just lie a little bit, which is the basis for all good writing, and say that my second favorite thing is editing.)
So now I’m rewriting my novel, squeezing in my unrealistic goal of reading 52 books a year between college classes, and trying to take joy in the little things, like corduroy newsboy caps and upcoming elections.
I tried to write a list of other things that seemed important for you to know about me, but it sort of dissolved into a list of women who I think are cool:
Sunflowers. Emily Dickinson. Hates teeth. Black bob. Big glasses. (Hair color is fake. Glasses are real.) Margaret Atwood. Dark Chocolate Raisinets. Sappho. Bangs. Her Body and Other Parties. Red lipstick. Polkadots. Pumpkin bread. Lorde. (especially Melodrama. especially especially Writer in the Dark & The Louvre.) Ocean Vuong. Matchy-matchy. The Great British Baking Show. Yellow rain boots. Circe. Hates people who cut in lines. (Parentheses.) Janelle Monae. Middle-grade fiction. Berets. Intense need to be liked by everyone I encounter. King Princess. Knitting. Tell The Wolves I’m Home. Dialogue. Peter pan collars. Sits up alarmingly straight. Consignment stores. Taylor Swift. New Jersey bagels. Desperately wants to be taller so that men will be intimidated by my presence but is only 5’3. (5’5 with heels. Wears heels often.) Hot chocolate. The Thing About Jellyfish. Madonna’s Material Girl. Jane Hirshfield. INFJ. Claudia Rankine. Teddy. (My dog. Small, white, and fluffy.) Project Runway. Ravenclaw. Edna St. Vincent Millay. Toni Morrison. Alison Bechdel. Sandra Cisneros. Iris Apfel.