Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff: Alison Fiorenza

Today we’re getting to know the lovely Alison Fiorenza, the Open Mic Equipment Queen and an all-around awesome person.


  1. What’s your role in Bricolage?
  • Prose editor!
  1. You’re on the Ave and suddenly become ravenously hungry. Where do you go to eat?
  • 7-11, where the slurpee never disappoints.
  1. What are you currently binge-watching?
  • Bloodline, because Coach Taylor
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of prose?
  • “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of poetry?
  • Anything by Shel Silverstein
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of art?
  • Ok, so revealing/embarrassing moment here: I really like fairies, and one of my favorite fairy paintings is called “Spirit of the Night” by John Atkinson Grimshaw
  1. Batman or Superman?
  • Christian Bale
  1. You have to model your house after a building on the UW campus. Which one would you pick?
  • I’ve always loved Parrington!
  1. What’s the best musical act you’ve seen live?
  • It’s a tie between The Flaming Lips (because it was the weirdest concert I’ve seen) and Muse (pre-2009)
  1. Why did you decide come to the UW?
  • Routine answer: Seattle
  1. Would you rather skydive or bungee-jump?
  • I’m terrified of heights, so neither…
  1. What’s been your favorite experience with Bricolage?
  • Meeting so many great people in the creative community at the UW
  1. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
  • Cinderelly
  1. Are you a sports fan and do you follow any teams?
  • If you count ogling foreign soccer players, then yes
  1. Where’s your favorite place to study?
  • My room, because I’m antisocial
  1. Besides Bricolage, what else are you involved in?
  • Work! At the humanities center on campus
  1. Pick five songs that would be included on the soundtrack of your life.
  • This is the hardest question off this list, btw. And I went with the interpretation of what songs remind me of important/key memories in my life thus far: “Magnolia,” The Gourds. “Pata Pata,” Miriam Makeba. “Cuckoo,” Lissie. “Put Your Records On,” Corinne Bailey Rae. Gotta be cheesy with this one… “Brown Eyed Girl,” Van Morisson.
  1. Cake, cookies, or brownies?
  • Brownies, easy
  1. Do you like scary movies?
  • Yes and no. The watching-experience can be fun when I’m with a group of friends, but the not-being-able-to-sleep experience that occurs afterwards sucks
  1. Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen?
  • Actually, no! Knock on wood
  1. What are you majoring in?
  • English and communication
  1. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
  • Red pandas are the cutest animals alive, so probably one of them
  1. Coffee or tea?
  • Meh, not a fan of either. But if I had to choose, tea is infinitely better than coffee
  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • With all the naps I take during the day, night owl for sure
  1. What have you learned from being a Bricolage staff member?
  • Timely, efficient, and friendly communication makes everyone happier
  1. What’s the first thing you check when you go online?
  • I wish I could be cool and say something like the BBC or the NYTimes, but I am uncultured so Facebook always
  1. You can travel anywhere for a year without having to worry about money. Where would you go?
  • Everywhere!! Besides South America! I don’t need to go there
  1. Are you afraid of clowns?
  • If Juggalo’s count, then HELL YES
  1. What’s your go-to snack food?
  • Cereal
  1. Favorite class you’ve ever taken at UW?
  • A pop culture-themed English class on speculative communities. I still think about some of the ideas we discussed, mainly cloning. Its implications are pretty intense
  1. Who always makes you laugh?
  • Michael Scott, whose frequent words of wisdom I would be lost without. “Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what. No matter…where. Or who, or who you are with, or where you are going, or… or where you’ve been… ever. For any reason, whatsoever.” Word
  1. Advice you wish you had received as a freshman?
  • Don’t feel bad about slacking on schoolwork as a freshman, it’s more important in the long run to focus on meeting and making the friends you’ll have the rest of your time in college
  1. Plans for after you graduate?
  • FREEDOM, and then *fingers crossed* some kind of PR work after a much needed summer break