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.
“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-
Any place in the world:
English breakfast at a Dutch hostel when you’re 22 and everything European feels brand new.
Favorite online places right now:
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:
What should we know:
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:
I’m not scared for this country’s future.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
Who are you reading right now?
Ta-Nehesi Coates and Elizabeth Acevado