Tabs open on your screen right now:
“Philip Glass on controlling your output and getting paid for what you make;” mottandbow.com; Facebook; “Larry Wilmore Talks HBO’s ‘Insecure,’ TV Diversity and the Black Vote in 2016;” “Of the Surface of Things” by Wallace Stevens; Facebook again; http://vaughnspann.tumblr.com/

If you had to brag about yourself:
My hands have held a baby alligator as they have held four Xylophone mallets, playing simultaneously.

Your writer crush:
Justin Phillip Reed

Favorite lyric(s):

“Don’t blame me if I’m everything your heart has led you to.”
– Carl Phillips

“Don’t touch my hair when it’s the feelings I wear.”
– Solange Knowles

Any place in the world:


Best breakfast:

Favorite online places right now:
My imagination.

Sweetest thing:
The savory thing.

Your rituals (writing or not):

Least impressive thing about you:
My imagination.

Favorite space to write:

What should we know:
At least, that we don’t know enough, and never can; that there is utility to anger; that so much do black & brown lives matter, that it’s a ridiculous posture that it must even be argued. Slavers didn’t argue it.

Guilty literary pleasure:

Best book nobody talks about: 
Any book not yet in translation.

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
I’m not sure that character has been imagined yet.

Last time you lied:
Writing one of these answers.

The lie:
The above answer.

Question you secretly want to be asked:
Are you done asking questions?

The answer:

RICKEY LAURENTIIS was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of Boy with Thorn (2015), winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the 2016 Levis Reading Prize, and was named a best debut by Buzzfeed and Poets & Writers Magazine, among other distinctions. He lives and works in New York City.