I had the privilege of studying absurdist theatre in college, having done scenes from Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Shepard's Red Cross, Sartre's No Exit, and Pinter's The Dumb Waiter. My favorite absurdist play, however, Jarry's Ubu Roi (1896), which uses extreme satire, foolishness, and obscenity to mock the upper middle class and overturn their social norms, is a precursor to Dadaism, Surrealism, and the Theatre of the Absurd in the 20th century. I chose ubu. for its roots in the plays I hold dearest to my heart and its impact on some of my favorite literature.
Although I studied theatre for over ten years, I began writing and studying minimalist poetry over the past four years. Recently I've decided to combine my love of the two by using this venue to focus on absurd, minimalist writing.
—Lithica Ann, editor