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Literary Holiday Parties: Scheier, rawlings, Richardson

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You're having a holiday party, and can invite any number of literary figures, living, dead, or fictional - who's invited, and why?
Here and in the coming weeks, I'll post the many answers I received to this question!
Jacob Scheier
I would invite a combination of writers whose work I admire, and whose personalities seem, based on biographical information and their work, really fascinating. So… Kierkegaard, Leonard Cohen, Ginsberg, Ayn Rand, Naomi Klein (who is I am considering literary because I really, really would like to meet her), Shelley (Percy Bysshe), I would also invite Sarah Pinder, because I would want a friend there and I like her poems too. I would make latkes.

a rawlings

On solstice, the foxes and I would meet in the forest where the moonbow sucks the city from an idea of the ground. We'd skip dinner and go straight for dessert: völuspói (for the foxes) and winterberries flambée, doused in birkir snaps (for me).

(The foxes have resided in Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and When FOX Is a Thousand by Larissa Lai, among other places. The forest is from Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini. 'Völuspói' is a rare Icelandic whimbrel whose sibyl-call bleeds prophecy.)
Robin Richardson
A guest list:

Kwekwe, from Moby Dick - because "I'd rather sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian."  
Holly Golightly, from Breakfast at Tiffany's - though she'd likely spend most of her time in the powder room.
Al Swearengen, from Deadwood - because he is badass and I love him.
Martha and George, from Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf - because everyone loves being dragged into a drunken war between two hyper-literate scholars.
Virginia Woolf - because George and Martha reminded me of her, and I really think we'd get along.
Michael Ondaatje - because he's hot.
Dumbo - because is there anything better than an adorable baby elephant flying around the room during a holiday party? I mean really.
Jacob Scheier's debut collection, More to Keep us Warm (ECW Press) won the 2008 Governor General's Literary Award. Letter from Brooklyn is forthcoming with ECW Press in 2013. Among other pursuits, Scheier teaches the course Writing Creatively About Grief at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
a rawlings is a mineral, plant, animal, person, place, or thing. Newest publication: Gibber. Website:
Robin Richardson is the author of Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis (ECW Press, 2013) and Grunt of the Minotaur (Insomniac Press). She holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence, and her work has appeared in, or is forthcoming in Tin House, Arc, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Malahat Review, and The Cortland, among others.
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