Tabs open on your screen right now:
Wikipedia page for “Cumans” (“a Turkic nomadic people comprising the western branch of the Cuman-Kipchak confederation”) (I was reading about shamanism and animism and ended up here), (I always want new glasses), Hello Kitty x ASOS store page (Henrika’s birthday is coming up).

If you had to brag about yourself:
I bought a succulent in August and it’s thriving.

Your writer crush:
Cason Sharpe.

Favorite lyric:
“Donate a million to some children that’s just how I’m feelin'” – Drake.

Any place in the world:
A Metatron catalogue launch.

Best breakfast:
Sourdough bread…anything on sourdough.

Favorite online places right now:
Democracy Now! The opening jazz theme song totally gets me.

Sweetest thing:
Bringing someone a snack, or when you are brought a snack.

Your rituals (writing or not):
Lately I’ve been writing every morning. Just a page, I might get a line out of it later.

Least impressive thing about you:
I’m not good at empathizing with people when they’re angry…I’m trying to get better at that and understand that anger isn’t “bad.”

Favorite space to write:
Public parks / my room. I have a really amazing desk right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever have a desk this great again.

What should we know:
Canada practiced slavery.

Guilty literary pleasure:

Best book nobody talks about:
I would say Belleza y Felicidad but that’s making its way around now. I had a great night talking about Sabriel by Garth Nix with some friends this summer, so maybe YA literature in general. That’s what got us all excited about reading and writing in the first place, right?

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Princess Carolyn in BoJack Horseman.

Last time you lied:
When I said I’d been writing every morning.

The lie:
I did not write this morning.

Question you secretly want to be asked:
Would you like a snack?

The answer:

Jay Ritchie is the author of the poetry collection Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie (Coach House, 2017). He is pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.