Anoa is a writer living in Richmond, VA.
Anoa Monsho answers the Proust Questionnnaire:
What is your most marked characteristic?
I have no idea, you tell me!
The quality you most like in a man?
The quality you most like in a woman?
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
They are legion.
What is your favorite occupation?
Reading, Writing, Dancing. They are one.
What is your dream of happiness?
That everyone could have a life as great or greater than mine.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
What would you like to be?
Who I AM.
In what country would you like to live?
I’m where I want to be.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
Male crested canary
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Toni Morrison, Maryse Conde, Isabel Allende, Zora Neale Hurston, Gabo Marquez
Alice Walker, James Baldwin…
Who are your favorite poets?
Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Rainer Maria Rilke, Amiri Baraka, Margaret Walker, Khalil Gibran, Edna St. Vincent Millay…
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Grange Copeland from Alice Walker’s The Third Life of Grange Copeland
Who is your favorite heroine of fiction?
Janie Crawford from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God
Who are your favorite composers?
Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, Quincy Jones, Fela Kuti, Dianne Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Wynton Marsalis, Teena Marie, Jill Scott…
Who are your favorite painters?
William Tolliver, Jonathan Green, Aaron Douglas, Hale Woodruff, Olonade Carla Nickerson…
Who are your heroes in real life?
People like my grandfather P.H. Polk, who made a good enough living as a photographer in Tuskegee Alabama to support his wife and nine children.
Teachers who teach out of love of learning and children
People who work for peace…
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Madam C. J. Walker, Queen Nzingha, Corrie Ten Boom, Edmonia Lewis, all the unknown mothers of the civil rights movement…
What are your favorite names?
My favorite names are of the people, food and places and activities I love.
What is it you most dislike?
Hypocracy, cruelty, racism, and ugly shoes
What historical figures do you most despise?
I don’t despise anyone
What event in military history do you most admire?
I don’t think much about military history.
What reform do you most admire?
Emancipation, Women’s right to vote, Women’s reproductive rights, Civil Rights and the acknowledgement of chocolate’s profound health benefits…
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
A beautiful songvoice
How would you like to die?
In the arms of my beloved, with loved ones near, having fully realized my potential, still speaking ideas and wisdom amid the sound of laughter, pain-free, spirit-filled and ready for the next adventure!
What is your present state of mind?
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Long showers that give no thought to water conservation
What is your motto?
Free your mind and your ass will follow.