First Language(s): Romanian
Second Language(s): English, Italian, Dutch
Bianca-Olivia Nita is a Romanian-born non-fiction writer and documentary critic based in The Netherlands. She is a regular contributor to the international documentary magazine Modern Times Review and the Romanian magazine Dilema Veche. Her writing has been published in Guernica Magazine, Feature Shoot, Litro Magazine, Womankind, Lost Magazine, Coldnoon and elsewhere. She is currently working on her first essay collection.
What was your favorite book as a child?
My favourite book was Doctorul Aumadoare by Kornei Ciukovski. It is a book about a doctor and a bunch of animals going to Africa to help monkeys. I always loved animals. I still know part of the book by heart.
Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
It took me years to understand what I actually wanted to write, what interested me and gave me most satisfaction. It also took time to get the courage and the skills to actually do it. I started writing by writing news and building up a portfolio. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life at the time. I write creatively because doing it is a form of freedom. I write because I can't not write, and to me it is a medium to put out into the world my ideas, thoughts, observations and emotions.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
A few years ago I kayaked in the Arctic. We were going to a glacier and on the route the kayak was surrounded by six walruses that kept disappearing and popping out of the water in different places. I also ziplined in Laos, through the jungle, on a two day trip, and I am afraid of heights. But I believe that the way to deal with fear is to face it, and I believe in seeking discomfort as a way to experience more and expand my life.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
I don't. Writing is a process of listening and so is reading. I listen to the words, whether the ones that I come up with or those I read on page.
Loving the unpredictable: a story about Etna
Issue Fall '22