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Frockstar™: Sarah Lynn Knowles of ‘Storychord’

Name:Sarah Lynn Knowles
Age: 31
Online homes: personal blog // storychord // twitter
Favorite Karina dress: I only recently discovered Karina online. But I’ve definitely got my eye on the Gala Short Sleeve dress in Solid Green.

What are your every day, must-reads, online or off?
Interview Magazine is a longtime favorite for its conversational approach and Warhol history. Book-wise, I’m currently reading Sheila Heti’s “novel from life” How Should a Person Be?, which is great. And my top 10 most-read blogs of the moment are probably: ANIMAL New York, Brokelyn, BuzzFeed Shift, Girls of a Certain Age, The Hairpin, Immaculate Infatuation, The New Inquiry, The Rumpus, Strawberry Fields Whatever, and Wine All the Time.

illustration of Sarah by Damien Weighill

You’re the founder of Storychord.  Tell us more about the project!
I created Storychord in February 2010, kind of on a whim, as a way to combine my three hugest interests. Every other week on the site, I curate a three-way collaboration between one short fiction writer, one visual artist, and one band. It’s all submission based, and the hope is that all the parts come together to make one synergistic, multi-media package.

Who are some of your favorite under-appreciated writers and musicians?
I’ve gotta give love to some Storychord alum… Will Stratton and Katie Mullins  are two Brooklyn-based soloists crafting gorgeous folk songs lately. And Emperor X brought the house down at Storychord’s 50th issue release party in April. A couple of writers to watch are Miles Klee, who published his debut novel Ivyland this past year, and Leesa Cross-Smith whose short story collection, Everyone Breaks Everyone’s Heart, was just named a finalist in the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say?

Probably just to relax on the over-thinking & keep doing what you’re doing with printed zines, websites, and writing… I’ve been surprised by how many of my teenaged “time wasters” turned out to be really helpful foundations for current day projects. For instance, a good handful of Storychord’s early contributors are old zinester / online friends — like Helena Kvarnström, Ericka Bailie-Byrne, Meggy Wang, and Jeff from The Acorn, to name a few. It’s amazing to watch people’s talents and interests grow over an extended period of time. Even now, I try to keep up with past contributors’ newer undertakings via the @storychord Twitter feed, and promote those projects when I can.

Your perfect day.  What would it look like?
A lot of decadent lazing. Sleeping in ’til noon and then a Bacon Guinness Bloody Mary at my favorite neighborhood brunch spot, Lincoln Park Tavern. From there, moseying over to nearby Prospect Park to creep on other people’s puppies in the dog pond (way better than a dog park!). In the evening, I’d want to hit up my favorite NYC Mexican restaurant, Cafe El Portal  for margaritas and their crazy-good Chile Relleno entree, and then head out to a Williamsburg or Greenpoint venue to catch some live music with friends.

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