1. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is its capacity to defy my intentions and take me somewhere unexpected.

  1. How often do you get new ideas? A thousand a second, or every 12 years when the moon is full and the stars align?

I rarely get ideas at all, but I gather input (words, sound associations, images, and juxtapositions) all the time. When I play around with those raw materials, sometimes their friction sparks an idea.

  1. Who is your favorite author that you don’t know personally? Who is your favorite author that you do know personally?

Favorite author(s) I don’t know personally: Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood.

Favorite author I do know personally: Denis Johnson, who just passed away. I didn’t know him well, but I feel lucky to have met him.

  1. What is your most re-read book, if any, and why?

The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson, because her words are endlessly electric and resonant and mysterious.

  1. What kind or creative rituals or patterns do you have?

I think following “phonic echoes” (rhyme, word play, etcetera) is its own creative ritual and pattern, and it’s the one I use the most.

Bonus question: If the last thought you had last night before falling asleep was an animal, what would it be?

A little noisy monkey.


Now that the 4th is over, get ready for the next exciting thing – Writers & Words, July 11th at Charmingtons! Yes, Writers & Words is as exciting as fireworks. You don’t need to believe me, come out on Tuesday and see for yourself.

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