Tabs open on your screen right now:
Google search results for “goat varieties in the Caribbean”
NYT: “10 Competitive House Races”
Zabars.com Repeat Delivery Program/bagels

Your writer crush:
Dead? Aimé Césaire

Best breakfast:
Lobster benedict. I’m obsessed with watching poached eggs get pierced. Plus lobster.

Favorite space to write:
At work. I’ve always written on the clock. I’ve always worked.

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
As a young person there is no one I wanted to be more than “Justice” from John Singleton’s 1993 film, Poetic Justice. Does everyone say that? I mean I wanted everything. I wore black baseball jerseys, I bought body suits from The Limited Too, I had a notebook with a pressed flower bookmark, I got box braids, I wanted a boyfriend with a nose ring, I dreamed of owning a house, listening to records in it, putting Tabasco on my popcorn, having a fat long-haired cat named White Boy. But today, I feel like I identify most closely with Liz Lemon.


RIO CORTEZ is a Pushcart-nominated poet, who has received fellowships from Poet’s House, Cave Canem and Canto Mundo Foundations. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including The Miami Rail, The Offing, Cortland Review, Prairie Schooner, and The New Yorker. Her chapbook “I have learned to define a field as a space between mountains” was selected by Ross Gay as the inaugural winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and is available from Jai-Alai Books.