Tabs open on your screen right now:
a poem, an essay prompt for my students, a Khadijah Queen poem, facebook, some lab results from my doctor, itunes playing Noname, an article about why your man will leave you instanty

If you had to brag about yourself:
I’d say something sassy like “google me”

Your writer crush:
Justin Torres & Joseph Legaspi

Favorite lyric:
“put this pussy in ya mouth now smack/like it’s thanksgiving and it ain’t coming back/collard greens, neckbones, nigga chew this ass”

– Trina

Any place in the world:
but here.

Best breakfast:
Cheese Grits with shrimp, bacon, onions, and some grilled tomatoes on the side.

Favorite online places right now:
theoatmeal.com, twitter, porn.

Sweetest thing:
my mama.

Your rituals (writing or not):
awake no later than 8am, turning my bathroom into a sauna pre-shower, eating steak on really bad days, calling home on Sundays.

Least impressive thing about you:
performative intelligence

Favorite space to write:
On my phone on pubic transit

What should we know:
fish oil is really good for your hair, skin, nails, heart, brain, and reduces body fat

Guilty literary pleasure:
badly written interracial gay erotica

Best book nobody talks about:
“Man vs Sky” by Corey Zeller

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Toni Braxton in the “He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me” Video

Last time you lied:
said I was tired so I could leave a social gathering (I do that like once a week)

The lie:
see above

Question you secretly want to be asked:
What’s your favorite word?

The answer:



DANEZ SMITH is the author of [insert] boy (2014, YesYes Books), winner of the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Their 2nd collection, Don’t Call Us Dead, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. They are also the author of two chapbooks, hands on ya knees & black movie, winner of the Button Poetry Prize. Their work has published & featured widely including in Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Buzzfeed, Blavity, & Ploughshares. They are a 2014 Ruth Lilly – Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, and a recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship. Danez is a 2-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, placing 2nd in 2014. They edit for The Offing & is a founding member of 2 collectives, Dark Noise and Sad Boy Supper Club. Danez lives in the midwest most of the time.