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Chloe Benjamin

Chloe Benjamin is a graduate of Vassar College and The University of Wisconsin-Madison MFA program. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, Pank, Whiskey Island, and The Washington Independent Review of Books. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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My Life in 8 Words

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SEP 16
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BARNES & NOBLE
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Madison, WI 53717
SEP 23
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WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO
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SEP 27
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BOSWELL BOOK COMPANY
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Milwaukee, WI 53211

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Chloe Benjamin
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Don't stop believing.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Oh, wow, maybe greater athletic skill? I'm in this adult gymnastics class right now, and it is truly a tutorial in humility. There's a reason most gymnastics are twelve.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Oh, god... probably something filler-ish like, "You know what I mean?"

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My grandmother. She wanted to move to Paris to be a writer, but instead fell in love with my grandfather, a student at Yale Divinity School. Though she became a minister's wife, Grandma refused to lose her eccentricity, her open-minded curiosity, or her love of difference. She doesn't agree with the concept of the Eucharist, keeps a massive painting of a nude woman tussling with a snake in the living room, and embraced my mom completely when Mom began to date another woman.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I'm a sucker of badass female heroines--Lyra from "The Golden Compass," Cassie Maddox from the Tana French mysteries, and Katniss of "The Hunger Games," which I didn't expect to love; then I became as obsessed as everyone else, and now I'm counting the days until the second movie comes out.

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