Tabs open on your screen right now:
Pantone’s Color of The Year (It’s “Greenery”), Chani Nicholas Horoscopes, Lorelei Black’s website, Antwawn Sargent’s interview w/ Arthur Jafa, Fred Moten’s Lunch Ticket Interview, Nick Hakim’s Tour Schedule, Cathy Park Hong’s essay “Against Witness”, NYFA Classifieds, Wunderlist, Google Calendar.

If you had to brag about yourself:
While working reception at an old job, a client (who’s never met me in person) told my boss that they guessed I was good-looking from my phone voice. This isn’t important because I’m (subjectively) cute—it’s because if this poetry thing doesn’t work, I can at least start a podcast.

Your writer crush:
Justin Phillip Reed. Is there anything to say beyond that?

Favorite lyric:
“Nine times out of ten I’m in my feelings; Ten times out of nine I’m only human, tell me what did I do wrong?…I’ve always been committed, I’ve been focused; I’ve always paid attention, been devoted, tell me what did I do wrong?”

Any place in the world:
Panola County, Mississippi.

Your rituals (writing or not):
Listening to a lot of Abbey Lincoln. A lot of Abbey Lincoln.

What should we know:
I’m literally finishing this interview (in-part) because of Danniel & his appalling hot takes on certain books that I love, which we have yet to (& will most definitely) discuss irl. Luckily, he’s a good person—I may only have to flip one table.

Best book nobody talks about:
feel v weird saying ‘nobody’

but I CAN tell you that two months ago, i sat up in bed & read Ladan Osman’s “The Kitchen Dweller Testifies” out loud three consecutive times in disbelief. She is unreal & that poem/book ruins me.

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Pepper LaBeija or Tracy Chambers, depending on the day.

Last time you lied:
Last week.

The lie:
“Ehh…I’m okay.”

Question you secretly want to be asked:
“When’s the next NOMAD?”

The answer: 
April 22nd.


JAYSON P. SMITH is a writer from the Bronx. Their poems & interviews appear / are forthcoming in journals such as Gulf Coast, Nepantla, & The Offing. A 2016 Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow, Jayson has previously received support from The Conversation Literary Festival & Millay Colony for the Arts. J currently lives in Brooklyn & the internet (jaysonpsmith.com), day-jobbing as Workshop Coordinator for Cave Canem & founder of NOMAD, a Crown-Heights based performance series.