Tabs open on your screen right now:
Besides the usual Gmail and Drive, Healthcare.gov and a Google search on how to automatically send someone straight to voicemail without blocking them. Also:

If you had to brag about yourself:
I finally learned how to cook excellently in 2016.

Your writer crush:
This year, Alejandra Pizarnik.

Favorite lyric:
Who the f*** do you think I is

Any place in the world:

Best breakfast:
Sleep, a hemp protein smoothie with berries and some kind of green leafy veg, or a cup of tea (usually just hot water with lemon & raw honey)

Sweetest thing:
My nieces and nephews, unexpected hugs from my teenager, and @EmergencyKittens on Twitter.

Your rituals (writing or not):
Power Lazing™ on most Sundays with my son, i.e. doing nothing but listening to music, watching TV, eating leftovers or breakfast for dinner, reading and/or playing video games, preferably in sweats and fluffy socks. Maybe some Internet surfing, but no email, no working, no going out unless it’s for fun.

Least impressive thing about you:
How late I am to new music.

Favorite space to write:
Coffee shop. It’s so wonderful to have someone make me food and drinks while I work, since I’m the maker of food and drinks most of the time at home. I generally work faster out of the house, plus I don’t have to clean up after, and I can eavesdrop. 🙂

What should we know:
You can place a peeled potato, cut in half, on a fresh burn and it won’t scar.

Best book nobody talks about:
Oh man, too many of those. But I just recently went back to Claire Hero’s Sing, Mongrel.

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Okay real talk? This year it was a combo of Olivia from Scandal, Rita from the Danish show of the same name on Netflix, and Mary Jane from Being Mary Jane. Next year if things aren’t less volatile, I aspire to impose as much of a Khaleesi type flavor to it all as I can.

Last time you lied:
On Tuesday last week

The lie:
That I didn’t feel hurt about something; though I didn’t exactly lie. I had a delayed reaction.

Question you secretly want to be asked:
Can I send you to Fiji for a week? Caveat: you can only sleep, lie on the beach, eat amazing food, and make 2-minute sketches of random beautiful things.

The answer:
Book that ticket/hotel combo immediately, thanks.


KHADIJAH QUEEN is the author of Conduit (Black Goat/Akashic 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011), Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015), the Leslie Scalapino Award-winning verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015), staged in NYC by The Relationship in 2015. Individual poems and prose appear or are forthcoming in Fence, Tin House, Memoir, Boston Review, The Offing, Gulf Coast, DIAGRAM, The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility & the Avant-Garde and widely elsewhere. Her next book, I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in spring 2017. She is core faculty for the new low-residency Mile-High MFA program at Regis University. Visit her website: khadijahqueen.com.
Bio photo credit: Michael Teak 2016