Christy Sheffield Sanford
For over twelve years, I've been working in the area of genre fusion--principally involving fiction and poetry. Biography also holds a strong attraction. Typically my work involves simultaneity and multiple foci. I'm currently intrigued by metaphoric implications for creative writing coming from physics (unification theory), mathematics (chaos theory) and computer technology (inherent features and graphical interface). Space-time is a fruitful area in fiction for me now.
Most recently my work has centered on the World Wide Web. Using color and visual art has been exhilarating. I'm happy to say, I feel my digital art is still very literary. I am especially interested in Netscape innovations, the HTML language and internet conventions and the computer medium.
My guiding lights are Madame de Lafayette, Gertrude Stein, Charles Baudelaire, Tennessee Williams, Henry Miller, Molière and Marguerite Duras. An eclectic list. Much new formalism is coming from women; a few of the highly innovative women writers I admire are Kathy Acker, Edwidge Danticat and Leslie Scalapino. I especially like writers who are experimental but manage to keep their humanity--their sexuality, weaknesses, passions--intact.