Kirie is interviewed in The Magnolia Review on her love of writing, nature, literature, Palomino Blackwing pencils, and Eagle Cottage, the cabin where she writes every day in 40 minute increments. An excerpt:
The Magnolia Review: Describe your creative space. Do you work at home, in public spaces, etc.
Kirie Pedersen: I work in a 10×12 foot hut I call Eagle Cottage because bald eagles nest nearby, and they cackle as I write. Eagle Cottage was re-purposed from a 1924 schoolhouse that was being demolished. If away from home, I write wherever I am and however I can: in the cramped corner of a rented room, a tent, or a bench outside in the sun.
TMR: What kind of materials do you use? Do you write by hand or type? What is your favorite writing utensil?
KP: Eagle Cottage is lined with journals, poetry, plays, novels, short stories, and books on writing craft. Close beside me are jars of colored pencils and fountain pens. My preferred pencils are the Japanese Ito-ya and American Palamino Blackwing 602. If you’re an addict for writing materials, as I am, I suggest checking out Johny at. I also love cartridge ink pens. I write in notebooks and confess to scraps of paper tucked into small wooden boxes beside my writing perch in Eagle Cottage. I’ve always liked to type, and do so on my laptop.