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Prompt to Page with Danni Quintos

Each month, we interview a published writer who shares their favorite writing prompt. Whether you’re just getting started or have written for years, you’ll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer.

Prompt to Page is brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Listen to Episode 18

For our eighteenth episode, we talk to poet Danni Quintos, who shares a writing prompt from cartoonist and graphic novelist Lynda Barry. Danni describes how both drawing and knitting have influenced her writing practice.

Danni also talks about finding people who can provide feedback for your work. “Find your readers and cling to them for dear life,” she says. “If you find somebody who’s a good reader, never let them go, because it is not super common to find somebody who understands not only the the good things that you’re doing, but that their criticism or critique is really helpful and kind of understands how to make it better.”

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About Danni Quintos

Photo of Danni Quintos, an Asian American woman with long brown hair. She wears glasses and is smiling. A large tattoo covers her right arm.

Danni Quintos is the author of the poetry collection, Two Brown Dots (BOA Editions, 2022), chosen by Aimee Nezhukumatathil as winner of the Poulin Prize, and PYTHON (Argus House, 2017), an ekphrastic chapbook featuring photography by her sister, Shelli Quintos. She is a Kentuckian, a mom, a knitter, and an Affrilachian Poet. Her work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Cream City Review, The Margins, Best New Poets 2015, Salon, and elsewhere.