SD: Free ice cream.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
SD: Stewart island in new Zealand. It's extremely beautiful, extremely quiet (quietest place I've ever been) and I was told (this is not verified) it is the closest to Antarctica you can get that, ya know, has people living there and isn't Antarctica.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
SD: Kissing Jessica Stein.
"I can't have dinner with you because I'm with Helen."
"As in with with?"
"Yes. With with."
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
SD: Angela Davis.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________.
SD: perverted by privilege and money.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
SD: Hmm. I once texted someone I was in love with (but not speaking to previously) asking them for tips on "how to bike in the rain," which was definitely something I could have googled. I also wrote Ani Difranco a letter (like four years ago) about how she impacted my life and gave it to her at her concert. Are either of those weird?
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
SD: Some kind of elixir that guarantees perfect health and allows humans to not need sleep.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
SD: The latter.
KLC: Wild card question! Have you ever won a medal, trophy, ribbon, etc. at something that had absolutely nothing to do with writing? What was it?
SD: One year, when I was in elementary school I won approximately 5 "Cake Walks" in a row in one evening at the school fair. "Cake Walks" are where you walk in a circle (on placards/rubber circles/pictures of cake) until the music stops. Then, when it does, if you're standing on the number they call out, you win a cake. I also just now while typing this realized this is where the phrase "it was a cake walk" comes from. It was not a difficult task to win, to be sure. But the amount of cake walks I won in a row was exciting. And delicious.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
SD: I live, thrive, and struggle daily with OCD and ADHD and have for most of my life. These divergences inform my work, world view, and lived experiences. I wouldn't change it, as it's inseparable from who I am, but the difficulty is often high. I think mental illness and neurodivergence (which is a word I absolutely love) is on its way to being discussed openly and without stigma, but it's definitely not there yet. Visibility is crucial, so I'll share this about myself in order to further that effort.
Sarah M. Duncan is a poet, playwright, and arts organizer. Her plays have been produced at various theaters, including W.O.W Cafe Theater, The Gym at Judson, and the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Her poetry has been published by Ghost House Review, nin Poetry Journal, Asinine Poetry, Leftovers Mag (upcoming) and Broadside Journal. Sarah organizes theatre and poetry events throughout the city themed on social justice issues. She has produced and performed at The Wild Project with Poetic Theater Company, La MaMa Experimental Theater Company, The Living Theater, The Cherry Lane Theatre, and Judson Arts. www.sarahmduncan.com