Poet Kathleen Rooney ("Robinson Alone," "Oneiromance") writes, standing on a thick book, in a solarium overlooking the street in her third-floor Edgewater apartment. "There's something about being on the third floor which feels like a writerly perspective," she says. "I feel I write better when I'm higher up than when I'm on the first floor." Although Rooney tries not to indulge in "magical thinking" with regard to writing - "which I think could lead to a belief in things like writer's block," she says - she does keep a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, "the remover of obstacles," on her desk, as well as a couple of lucky wristbands, "which I wear when I'm writing something really, really hard." Kevin Nance is a Chicago-based freelance writer whose work appears in the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Poets & Writers Magazine and elsewhere.
Armando L. Sanchez, Chicago Tribune