Scot Erin Briggs currently attends the MFA program at Texas State University-San Marcos. Prior to pursuing her fortune by attempting to write the Great American Poem, Briggs worked as a cocktail waitress, a seller of meats door-to-door, a massage therapist, a slinger of nail brackets in a roofing trusses factory, and an editor.

In answer to our question of why she writes, Scot responded:

“Reading leads me back to writing. I feel a kind of desperate need to read as much as I can. And reading something that has been exquisitely formed makes my fingers twitch enviously, the way one’s legs may become restless while watching a ballet, or one’s fingers, while listening to ‘We Will Rock You,’ may feel the need to play air guitar.”







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