Feb 152018
 

The last great thing I’ve read is a book of short stories by a surrealist artist, Leonora Carrington. They are creepy, imagistic and full of death.”

What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?

There are too many things to mention! Each poem comes from a different place.

What are you working on now?

I have a chapbook with illustrations by Angel Perez coming out this year. I’ll be raising money in April writing a poem every day and emailing them to sponsors. I haven’t decided on a charity yet. I’m also thinking about another full-length collection while my second manuscript is finding a home. It’s a busy year!

What was the last great thing you read by another author?

The last great thing I’ve read is a book of short stories by a surrealist artist, Leonora Carrington. They are creepy, imagistic and full of death. The last great authors I’ve heard read were Kaveh Akbar and Tarfia Faizullah at the Poetry Pop Up from the Poetry Foundation. Amazing Muslim activist poets. 

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which writer, dead or alive, do you invite?

I think I’d invite Denise Levertov. I’ve been researching her poetry for years and am making plans to visit her personal collection of papers at Stanford, but talking to her would be so much better!