Tabs open on your screen right now:
Several Google Drive documents, Google Calendar, Facebook, Twitter, Mailchimp, OkCupid and two Gmail accounts.

If you had to brag about yourself:
I am extremely photogenic, and I know it.

Your writer crush:
Jericho Brown. Have you seen him?
Aracelis Girmay is so fine.
Nicole Sealey is so, so fine.
Rajiv Mohabir is soooooooooooo fine.
Rita Dove is forever fine.
Zadie Smith has the voice of Anita Baker, and I’m into it.

Best breakfast:
Machaca. It’s a Mexican dish of dried beef, scrambled eggs, tomatoes and onions. My favorite spot serves it with guacamole, sour cream, black beans and corn tortillas. I could it eat it forever.

Favorite online places right now:
I don’t know about online places outside of my inbox. I am trapped. Help.

Sweetest thing:
Slow kisses and poetry in the morning.

Your rituals (writing or not):
I light a candle as soon as I wake up then I turn my coffee pot on, make breakfast for myself, clean my glasses, take my vitamins with oj and try really hard to ignore my email for that tiny half hour. I eat the same thing every morning when I have the luxury of being home: two slices of turkey bacon, two eggs, and a cup of yogurt.

Stretching is the most important thing I do for my body. I stretch in bed for 20 minutes before I even get out of my bed.

Least impressive thing about you:
I’m very, very Type A. I’m also old enough to refer to myself as Type A.

Favorite space to write:
The kitchen.

What should we know:
I am really impatient, and I’m doing nothing to work on that aspect of myself.

Guilty literary pleasure:
I don’t read crap books.

Best book nobody talks about:
Anything by Gayl Jones. She is criminally underread.

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:

Question you secretly want to be asked:
What are we going to do about Trump?

The answer:
Everything we can. Protect your families, your neighbors and yourself. Harbor poetry. Harbor Qurans. Donate your time and donate your money. Keep your politics intersectional and your lovemaking long.


KIMA JONES has been published at GQ, Guernica and NPR among others and in the anthologies Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and the New York Times Best Seller,The Fire this Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward. She is an MFA candidate in fiction and Rodney Jack Scholar in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Kima lives in Los Angeles where she operates Jack Jones Literary Arts, a book publicity company.