Tabs open on your screen right now:

Facebook, Wikipedia

If you had to brag about yourself:
I used to play Varsity Soccer & Basketball, and was voted Prom King. Now I’m a poet while Donald Trump is president. Go figure.

Your writer crush:
Currently? Sam Sax. I like his poetry a lot, and his bearish grin. And Rosebud Ben-Oni. Have you read her essays at the Kenyon Review? Read them. They’re incredible.

Favorite lyric:
“Oceans rise, empires fall. It’s much harder when it’s all your call. All alone, across the sea, when your people say they hate you don’t come crawling back to me. Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-dai-da-da” from You’ll Be Back – Hamilton, An American Musical

Any place in the world:
Berlin

Best breakfast:
English breakfast at a Dutch hostel when you’re 22 and everything European feels brand new.

Favorite online places right now:
Cosmonauts Avenue

Sweetest thing:
Memories of my grandmother in her kitchen

Your rituals (writing or not):
Mimosas at brunch

Least impressive thing about you:
I’ve turned down three invitations to the White House, and accepted two.

Favorite space to write:
Helicopters

What should we know:
Ourselves

Guilty literary pleasure:
Maya Angelou’s poetry, it sustained me through middle school so I still go back to it from time to time. Or Amerie’s Love & War, an RnB album; it’s an underrated classic.

Best book nobody talks about:
Jazz by Toni Morrison

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Dora, The Explorer or the Legend/Map Key on a Map

Last time you lied:
Thursday

The lie:
I’m not scared for this country’s future.

Question you secretly want to be asked:
Who are you reading right now?

The answer:
Ta-Nehesi Coates and Elizabeth Acevado


DARREL ALEJANDRO HOLNES is a poet and playwright from Panama. His poetry has been previously published in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Best American Experimental Writing, Gulf Coast, Day One, and in numerous other journals. He teaches at NYU and works with writers at the UN. Check out his website darrelholnes.com and follow him on Instagram @iamdarelo
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