What’s your favorite thing about writing?

That’s hard to say. Writing’s simply something I’ve always needed to do. What’s my favorite thing about eating? The taste of the food, the range of possibilities, the community around the table. All of that applies to what I love about writing.

What is your favorite genre to read, and is this also your favorite genre to write?

I tend to prefer what might be termed experimental poetry. I like work that does interesting things with negative space, lineation, and syntax. I also really like narrative in poetry, especially when experimental forms are used to advance the story. All of this applies to my own recent writing as well.

Describe your ideal writing situation (think writing space (Office? Shed? Attic?), routine or no routine, snacks available).

I either write in cafés or at home. I enjoy the café setting for the energy. If I stay in the house too long, I tend to get restless.

What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?

“Lugubrious” is fun to say, and the sound suggests the meaning.

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

Alice Notley’s The Descent of Alette. It does everything I described in my answer to the second question. I love that it creates its own mythology and tells a compelling epic in well under 200 pages. Another perennial favorite is Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. It’s a hybrid text written well before hybrid texts were common and it brings together race, pre-Christian spirituality, language, and genre in really amazing ways.

Bonus question: If you could live in any folk tale or fairy tale world without the danger of dying, where would you live?

The world of King Arthur, or really any imagined Celtic past.

And it’s not a fairy tale, but I’ve always wanted to be a starfighter pilot in the Star Wars universe.


Come out and see Charlie read on Tuesday, February 12th – here’s the facebook event!


Charlie Bondhus is the author of Divining Bones (Sundress, 2018) and All the Heat We Could Carry (Main Street Rag, 2013), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry His work has appeared in Poetry, The Missouri Review, Columbia Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Nimrod, and Copper Nickel. He has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (UK). He is associate professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College (NJ).  More at: http://charliebondhus.com.

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