Tabs open on your screen right now:
Personal Gmail, Bennington Review Gmail, YouTube: Eric Andre Show — “Falcon,” Dream Dictionary — “Mouse Bite.”
If you had to brag about yourself:
I think I give solid pep talks to people I truly believe in.
Your writer crush:
“Who cares? / I’m not a moralist / I’m just a lady with some time / I want to be made out of love / I want to be made into life” —Angel Olsen, “Acrobat”
Any place in the world: Magic Castle in Hollywood. Best breakfast: Green tea until lunch.
Favorite online places right now:
Youth Attack Instagram, “WHAT I SWRONG” by Blake Butler, “Magdalene—The Seven Devils” by Marie Howe.
Handwritten letters, “surprise puppy” YouTube videos.
Your rituals (writing or not):
My most effective ritual is deleting 90% of what I write and my latest ritual is wanting to believe in my horoscope.
Least impressive thing about you:
I was on the junior varsity badminton team in high school.
Favorite space to write:
A particular room in a library that I’m needlessly secretive about. Guilty literary pleasure: Audiobooks read by the authors themselves.
Best book nobody talks about:
This is Not It by Lynne Tillman and Sucker June by Sean Kilpatrick. Some people talk about these books but not enough people.
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Barbara Steele in Black Sunday.
Last time you lied:
I’m always telling people I’m “fine.”
It’s fine. It’s totally fine.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
What kind of dog is that?
Chelsea Hodson is the author of the chapbooks Pity the Animal and Beach Camp, as well as the poetry record Night Redacted. She is an MFA candidate at Bennington College and was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her essays and poems have been published in Black Warrior Review, Hobart, The Scofield, The Austin Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Lifted Brow, and she is at work on a book of essays. She is a former performance facilitator for Marina Abramovic and now works as a nonfiction teacher at Catapult and as Managing Editor of Bennington Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.