Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff: Cali Kopczick

Time for another round of “Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff!” Up today is our Poetry Editor Cali Kopczick, who you probably know from basically every organization on campus. Seriously, she is everywhere.

  1. What’s your role in Bricolage?
    • Poetry Editor.
  2. You’re on the Ave and suddenly become ravenously hungry. Where do you go to eat?
    • I would say Banana Leaf, but that closed…


  1. What are you currently binge-watching?
    • I try to shut out TV during the quarter, but over last break I caught up on the most recent seasons of Doctor Who and Parks & Recreation in the span of about 4 days.
  2. What’s one of your favorite pieces of prose?
    • “At the Mouth of the River of Bees,” which I just read this quarter for a class. It’s gorgeous.
  3. What’s one of your favorite pieces of poetry?
    • “Filling Station” by Elizabeth Bishop – I think it’s a great model for how poetry (and art in general) teaches us to look closely at the world, and how that helps us like it a little bit more.
  4. What’s one of your favorite pieces of art?
    • “Twittering Machine” by Paul Klee. An author/artist I follow on Twitter tweeted it at one point, and I clicked the link just for the hilarity on the title on the medium. I ended up loving it and even writing a poem on it for a class this fall.
  5. Batman or Superman?
    • Keep your apple pie, America. I’m Batman all the way.
  6. You have to model your house after a building on the UW campus. Which one would you pick?
    • UW Medical Center.
  7. What’s the best musical act you’ve seen live?
    • I saw Little Dragon at Bumbershoot a few years ago. They came on in the early evening, when the sky was still light and the moon was coming out, and I’d never heard them before but they were so wonderfully strange and soulful. It was a great vibe.
  8. Why did you decide come to the UW?
    • None of the other colleges I got into felt right.
  9. Would you rather skydive or bungee-jump?
    • If I’m going to cover that much vertical space that fast, I only want to have to do it once.
  10. What’s been your favorite experience with Bricolage?
    • Listening to Erin’s stories at the Open Mics.
  11. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
    • Mockingjay Part I.
  12. Are you a sports fan and do you follow any teams?
    • Nope.
  13. Where’s your favorite place to study?
    • Trabant.
  14. Besides Bricolage, what else are you involved in?
    • I’m a tutor and Assistant Director at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center. I’m also involved with the Write Away! creative writing circle and the Poetry Brigade.
  15. Pick five songs that would be included on the soundtrack of your life.
    • “Life During Wartime” by Talking Heads
    • “Slippery People” by Talking Heads
    • “Naïve Melody (This Must Be the Place)” by Talking Heads
    • “Crosseyed and Painless” by Talking Heads
    • “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads
  16. Cake, cookies, or brownies?
    • Brownies
  17. Do you like scary movies?
    • No strong feelings. Not really, I guess?
  18. Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen?
    • Nope.
  19. What are you majoring in?
    • English.
  20. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
    • Tame raccoon (if there is such a thing).
  21. Coffee or tea?
    • Coffee (decaf).
  22. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    • I don’t like to socialize first thing, but I like mornings more. I’m looking forward to the day when I can go to bed early enough to get my sleep schedule back on track.
  23. What have you learned from being a Bricolage staff member?
    • How much of editorial work is logistics. And by logistics, I mean spreadsheets.
  24. What’s the first thing you check when you go online?
    • My Google Calendar.
  25. You can travel anywhere for a year without having to worry about money. Where would you go?
    • Wales, India, an archipelago, Narnia, Middle Earth, Mars.
  26. Are you afraid of clowns?
    • Vaguely.
  27. What’s your go-to snack food?
    • The Thai Chili Lime Cashews from Trader Joe’s.
  28. Favorite class you’ve ever taken at UW?
    • Ahh that’s so hard. Probably either Frances McCue’s Triggering Towns class or Victoria Lawson’s Global Poverty & Care.
  29. Who always makes you laugh?
    • My brother Abe.
  30. Advice you wish you had received as a freshman?
    • Take a class on Excel.
  31. Plans for after you graduate?
    • Work for a few years and tackle the reading list I’ve been accumulating over the past four years. Learn how to say no to schoolwork.