Tabs open on your screen right now:
Instagram, iTunes (WuTang Clan, 36 Chambers of Death), FB, Twitter, Weather, Alarm, YouTube, etc.
If you had to brag about yourself:
My greatest superpower is my intrinsic inability to be shamed. Thank you hard core West Indian parenting!
Your writer crush:
If Alice Walker and Victor LaValle moved to San Francisco to garden and write and chief, and then ran into Toni Morrison and Louise Erdrich, and then Octavia Butler resurrected Lazarus style and then they all got knocked up and had a literary powerhouse of a baby who was so cute she broke the internet and so smart she started reading people from the womb. That baby. That’s my crush.
The fact that I’m alive today ain’t nothing but a miracle/God blocked it/He wouldn’t let it be so.
– Kurt Carr, “God Blocked It”
Any place in the world:
East coast of Barbados in January with kite surfers at full mast.
Any breakfast Daddy or bae makes for me.
Favorite online places right now:
The gram – dogs, babies, friends, and crushes.
Colored popcorn in a pink plastic wicker basket from my granny.
Your rituals (writing or not):
Put my phone in the panty drawer and get to writing.
Least impressive thing about you:
I’m from Brooklyn; I live & love in the Bronx.
Favorite space to write:
My home office – lots of light and a big window wherever I find myself – Cassis, Philly, Bridgetown, NYC.
What should we know:
In the words of Mykki Blanco & Princess Nokia, I wish you would.
Guilty literary pleasure:
Sister Souljah’s The Coldest Winter Ever, and Aïcha, La Lesbienne. No better place to learn about plotting than the books for sale on 125th Street in Harlem.
Best book nobody talks about:
Soul Kiss by Shay Youngblood. Folks do talk about it. They should talk about it a whole lot more.
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Rudy from the Cosby show – sweet & often in trouble for something ridiculous.
Last time you lied:
Pretended that I dirtied my father’s scarf “by mistake” when actually I was wearing it while smoking a fag outside at 4:30 in the morning.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
Whom and what do you most love?
God, bae, family, books, food.
NAOMI JACKSON is the author of The Star Side of Bird Hill, to be published by Penguin Press in June 2015. She studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Jackson traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of residencies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Camargo and Wurlitzer Foundations. (Photo credit: Lola Flash)