Hello! My name is Urszula Humienik and I’m a writer of flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and essays. I am currently on draft three of my first novel, tentatively titled Native Landscapes.
The purpose of this site is to share my work and insights and thoughts on writing and the writing life.
I’ve wanted to be a writer since the age of 11. I’ve taken a roundabout way of getting there, but I am here to say I am finally calling myself a writer.
Since high school I have been interested in two things – art and writing. I always felt that I had to choose one, so I created art or wrote separately. I began thinking of how to combine the two practices at The School of the Art Institute. As a student, I created several artist books that integrated text and imagery, which were meant to evoke some feelings together. The text did not have a narrative structure. I no longer feel I have to choose one or the other. Both are integral to my work and complement and supplement each other.
The artists, writers and thinkers that have influenced my work include the surrealists including Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Joan Miró, as well as Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Cornell, Kiki Smith, Jan Švankmajer, Henry Darger, Lewis Carroll, Czeslaw Milosz, Marguerite Duras, Margaret Atwood, W.G. Sebald, and Jorge Luis Borges. W.G. Sebald is an author who particularly intrigues me as he used found images in his novels. I enjoy their ambiguity.
The poem “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll is one of the greatest works of English literature.
I grew up in Chicago, a beautiful but tough city I love. Chicago is a great place to be a writer. There are so many personalities and characters, so many wonderful neighborhoods. And although Chicago will always have a special place in my heart, in 2006 I decided to follow my dream and move to Poland. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I moved. I recently wrote a post about things I miss about Chicago, go check it out.
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