Tabs open on your screen right now:
health insurance nightmare, a zillion Wikipedia articles about birds, that pretty great Daft Punk/Beastie Boys mashup, Submittable, research for a poem about Nietzsche that I’m sort of working on
If you had to brag about yourself:
Pen Poetry Series: “Reading Tsvetaeva on Father’s Day”
Your writer crush:
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. I’ve read The Crown Ain’t Worth Much three times already. It’s astounding. Among many other things, I’m blown away by the masterful way each poem ends.
“I hide down in my corner because I like my corner / I am happy where the vermin play” — from “Amy aka Spent Gladiator” by The Mountain Goats
Any place in the world:
The Parabolic Dunes in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
I’m a Jew in New York City, so bagels bagels bagels.
Favorite online places right now:
Tara’s sexy smirk
Your rituals (writing or not):
The self-care regimen is: Lavender bath, glass of red wine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, burrito.
Least impressive thing about you:
idk I can’t get my hair to do what I want it to lately / I’m kind of a slob
Favorite space to write:
Libraries are the go-to. So much of my work is in conversation with other writers, & I need to be in a place where I have access to books while I’m writing.
What should we know:
Guilty literary pleasure:
Buffy comics, the poetry of Dillon J. Welch
Best book nobody talks about:
Purgatorio by Raúl Zurita, I’m Just Debra Messing Around by Dillon J. Welch
Last time you lied:
Everybody is talking about I’m Just Debra Messing Around by Dillon J. Welch
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Rupert Giles, Drusilla, Tara (all mashed into one)
Question you secretly want to be asked:
I just want people to let me rant at them about Paul Celan, I have a serious obsession with Paul Celan
Chase Berggrun is a genderqueer poet and the author of Discontent and Its Civilizations: Poems of Erasure, winner of the 2012 jubilat Chapbook Contest, and their work has been published or is forthcoming in Apogee, No Tokens, The Cortland Review, Cutbank, BOAAT, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. They are Poetry Editor at Washington Square Review, and an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU.