5 burning questions with Adam Tedesco

Adam Tedesco is one of our featured writers at our July 9th reading. Check out our interview with him below.

What is your first memory of writing for fun?

In or around 6th grade I began writing lyrics for a band I didn’t have, influenced mainly by punk, hardcore and heavy metal. Within a year or so, after being introduced to the poetry of Rimbaud and Comte de Lautréamont and the art of Hieronymous Bosch and Francis Bacon, I began writing poetry.

How many drafts = done?

At least one. I have written poems that were published after one edit and poems that I have been editing for years.

What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?

At the moment I am obsessed with a book called Autobiography of Death by the Korean poet Kim Hyesoon (translated by Don Mee Choi).

What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?

My believe in, and practice of, poetry is close to if not religious. It can provide us a way to transmit experiences that otherwise exist beyond the limits of language.

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

Pupusa. I salivate uncontrollably when I see or hear this word.

Bonus question: what is one thing you would eradicate if you had the power to eradicate just one thing in this world. [can you tell my favorite word is eradicate?]



Born in Upstate New York, poet and video artist Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of Reality Beach, a journal of new poetics. His video poems and site-specific work have been screened at MoMA PS1, &Now: A Festival of Innovative Writing, No Nation Gallery, and the New Hampshire Poetry Festival, among other venues. His poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in FanzineFenceGrammajubilatLaurel ReviewPowderkegPrelude, and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently ABLAZA (Lithic Press, 2017), ISO 8601:2004 (Really Serious Literature, 2018), and Misrule (Ursus Americanus, 2019). His full-length poetry collection, Mary Oliver, was published by Lithic Press in February of 2019.

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