Sophie Starmack

Client Services Coordinator

Sophie is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Best New Poets, the Threepenny Review, and other journals and publications. She has an MA in French from Bryn Mawr College and an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence. She’s lived in France and Istanbul, where she taught ESL, advocated for LGBTQ rights, and translated articles for an economics magazine. Before joining Zinc, Sophie ran a residency program for emerging writers at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where she was a Poetry Fellow in 2014-15.

…my favorite book

Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World. It’s the most witty, heartrending, brilliantly philosophical novel I’ve read about what it’s like to be a woman and an artist.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

I love the walled city of Avignon in the south of France–when I lived there I finally understood what painters mean when they say, “It’s the light.”

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Joan of Arc, Sinéad O’Connor, Virginia Woolf, Johnette Napolitano, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Chantal Akerman, and Agnès Varda.

…something I can’t stop thinking about

The resilience and adaptability of certain non-human species. Sunflowers, for example, can absorb radioactive metals from the soil, and certain worms appear able to digest plastics!