Author and poet Jen Bryant is known for her picture book biographies of artists, poets, wordmongers, composers, and playwrights. Her verse and prose novels are well-researched, often focused on an historic event like the Scopes trial or the Lindbergh kidnapping trial or Captain Kidd’s buried treasure in New Jersey. Always focused on her next book, we’re thankful Jen took time from her schedule to answer our Skinny Dip questions.
One green thing I wish everyone would do: Stop using plastic bags!
One thing no one can do better than I can: Mess up an easy recipe.
I used to dream that: I’d own a horse farm.
I never thought I would: Be able to make a living by writing.
The movie I watch when I want to laugh: Moonstruck.
I’m currently reading: The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
What’s on my nightstand: Picnic, Lightning — Poems by Billy Collins.
My favorite holiday tradition: Giving flowers at Easter.
Guiltiest pleasure: Soft pretzels with lots of salt.
If I could give you a piece of advice, it would be this: Read. Practice.
The piece of clothing in my closet I can’t let go: My pair of riding boots.
What I do when I want to feel joy: Look at photos of my grandson.