Tabs open on your screen right now:
eBay search for “first class relics,” lesson plans, a science experiment for children on how to see an afterimage, Audre Lorde’s “Afterimages,” Wikipedia page for the Holy Prepuce / Holy Foreskin, and three email accounts.
If you had to brag about yourself:
I’m a fucking great cook.
Your writer crush:
Currently: Anne Boyer, Safiya Sinclair, Carrie Lorig, Eula Biss, Aracelis Girmay, Chris Kraus, Bhanu Kapil, Alissa Nutting, Morgan Parker, Jenny Boully, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Kerry Howley, Solmaz Sharif and Saint Julian of Norwich.
“I’m Miss World, somebody kill me”
Any place in the world:
I just moved back to Atlanta, the first place I really fell for, and probably fetishized in an unhealthy way. So, it’s great to be back and seeing the city in its truth and still falling for it.
Corned beef hash, poached eggs, coffee with refills (UK has to catch up on this)
Favorite online places right now:
All soothing pictures of pink velvet couches; Buzzfeed Reader; DIAGRAM; Mother Jones; Bloody Elbow; Hyperallergic; Refinery 29’s Money Diaries.
The worst question! Big sweetness is difficult to remember now, so a small one: my partner brings me coffee in bed every morning, even though I have to be at work earlier.
Your rituals (writing or not):
I’m a terrible habit-keeper. I forget. Recently though I have developed a pretty legit skincare routine, which feels like a small kind of magic.
Least impressive thing about you:
I failed my US written driving test the first time. I’m very petty and I like that terrible trait about myself.
Favorite space to write:
To be confirmed at a later date.
What should we know:
Your government won’t protect you. And cat-calling in Atlanta is honestly predominantly men yelling at me about certain elements of my outfit, which has been confusing but I do kinda appreciate the consensus on my flatform loafers.
Guilty literary pleasure:
True crime! Though zero guilt: Ann Rule for ever.
Best book nobody talks about:
Kerry Howley’s Thrown. I guess it was talked about plenty but I want more. And The Finger by Angus Trumble which is a fascinating history of how we touch the world, including manicures. And Carrie Murphy’s Fat Daisies.
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Apparently Emily from The Devil Wears Prada, and I’d also like to say the speaker from Louise Glück’sMeadowlands.
Last time you lied:
On the above question.
I could only think of Ursula the Sea Witch, and I had to ask my dear friend and wonderful poet Kit Emslie to help me out.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
How good is your manicure?
Caroline Crew is the author of PINK MUSEUM (Big Lucks, 2015), as well as several chapbooks. Her poetry and essays appear in Conjunctions, Salt Hill Journal, and Black Warrior Review, among others. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at Georgia State University, after earning an MA at the University of Oxford and an MFA at UMass-Amherst. She’s online here: caroline-crew.com.