Jacey Krueger studies English and philosophy at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts. She knits and writes, and does both far too much, and never enough of either. Her piece, ‘It Works Like This’ can be found in EPOCH Issue 01: Beginnings, available to purchase here.
Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration comes mostly from talking to people. My friend will say something randomly and it will stick in my head for months. Or I’ll be in a conversation with someone and say something and think to myself “oh that would be a really good title for something.” The title for my piece featured in Issue 1 came to life during a class discussion and bounced around in my brain for a few months before I wrote the piece. A lot of my inspiration is born like that.
Why do you write/create Creative Non-Fiction?
I think that Creative Non-Fiction gives us the space to look at the past from where we are now. There are so many things that felt like the end of the world when they were happening, but now that I’m no longer in that situation I can look at and find the story in them. That’s a big part of why I write in the first place. It’s a great feeling to read fiction and be able to relate, but there’s a comfort in knowing that someone has been through what you have and come out the other side. I hope I can be that for someone.
What are you reading now?
I just finished re-reading Alanna Okun’s book The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater which is a wonderful collection of essays about crafting and relationships and it has been absolutely one of my favorite reads since I first found it last year. I’m a big knitter and crafter in general, so a book of creative non-fiction focused on crafting and being human is right up my alley.
Where can we follow you and find your work?
You can follow my personal account on Instagram at @Jacey.Krueger and I also run a knitting and crafting account on Instagram that you can follow at @letsknitandsaywedid!