Meet the Circle: Mimi Kunz

The members of the Brussels Writers’ Circle are a varied bunch. Prose writers, poets, playwrights, memoirists, screenwriters and bringers of silly bits and pieces, we sweep in from all different occupations and locations twice a week to share our writing with one another.

This week we will hear from Mimi Kunz, an artist-writer who works with ink and paper. Her drawings, installations, and her writing link things in simple forms to open up poetic ambiguity. After a post MA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany, she joined her love in Brussels, where she founded Something Beautiful, a festival that brings together visual art and poetry.  Visit her website for more information or sign up for invitations for her exhibitions and readings.

When did you join the group?

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Mimi Kunz – portrait by Maite Morren

Shortly after moving to Brussels in 2015… I think I googled “Brussels“ and “English Literature“ and the BWC came up

What were your first impressions of the group?
I liked the variety of people, the ease and sincerity of the session, the open atmosphere What have you published so far? poems, short stories, flash, some pieces for the Brussels Express.

What are you currently working on?
Poems and a novel about a time jumper and an angel.

IMG_20190325_171614Who are your biggest literary influences?
How have they influenced you?  Seymour, an Introduction by J.D. Salinger made a huge impression on me. I love the form, it’s immediacy and intimacy, and the way it talks about what writing is and can be. I love Ali Smith’s writing, the liveliness and the art in it.

I learn a lot from reading her, though I cannot say what exactly. The interactions between characters are life-like and funny and pull you into the moment, there are notions so true and familiar it makes you stop reading and then the story just skips along, not lingering long. It feels very fluid, full of life.

Do you have a memorable moment from the BWC that you could share?
I recently found a note in my coat pocket that said: ‘if in doubt add an orgy’. It was written by another BWC member during Lida and my workshop on love scenes in fiction during a BWC retreat. It made me laugh and made it into a short story.

What do you get out of the group?
Pleasure, inspiring exchanges, a sense of community.