Dee Richards is a bold feminist and award-winning essayist, new to publication. Dee studies English and Gender/Sexuality in Southern California, deriving inspiration from her/their experiences as a survivor. Her piece “The Static” (the title and focus of the work was inspired by John Cheever’s “The Enormous Radio”) can be found in EPOCH Issue 01: Beginnings, available to purchase here.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find my greatest inspiration from overcoming impossible odds to be where I am today. As a domestic violence survivor, I understand how one can feel that life may never get better – I am glad to say that it does. I want to share my experiences so that others in similar situations can have hope in their darkest moments, and to inspire them never to give up.
Why do you write/create Creative Non-Fiction?
I initially began writing as fiction only, since I wanted to escape my reality very much. However, as I got older and found my authorial voice more clearly, I realized that there was this great depth of healing that needed to take place. I ventured into non-fiction to have a safe space to reflect on the darker parts of my life, and it has helped tremendously.
What are you reading now? (If you aren’t reading anything, let us know what other art you’re consuming)
I am the type who enjoys jumping around from book to book. I’m currently working through “Oona Out of Order” by Margarita Montimore, “The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls” by Mona Eltahawy, “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf, and “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller.
Where can we follow you and find your work?
I am heavily invested in my Twitter account, https://twitter.com/DeeRichardsSD
Post author updates and the occasional flash fiction or poem on my writing blog at https://deerichardssd.medium.com/. Also, please check out my work in (https://cabinetofheed.com/issue-42-contents/) Issue 42 of The Cabinet of Heed Literary Journal.