If you had to brag about yourself:
I’m Black and alive and living.

Your writer crush:
Nick Laird

Favorite lyric:
“Don’t know what’s in store, but together we can open any door.”

Sweetest thing:
Money, music, and men when all three happen to me at the very same time.

Your rituals (writing or not):
Prayer, gym

Least impressive thing about you:
I’d be able to answer if I knew the most impressive thing about me since what’s best about us also what we’re in danger of.

Favorite space to write:
Anywhere I can get it done will do, but usually it has to be quiet.

What should we know:
God is everywhere, and therefore, God is in you.

Best book nobody talks about:
ShallCross by CD Wright

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Ruth from The Third Life of Grange Copeland


JERICHO BROWN is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry.