Tabs open on your screen right now:
* Emanuel Swedenbor’s Journal of Dreams
* Center for Fiction – In conversation: Atticus Lish & Daniel Long
* Adepa on Wikipedia
* Open Culture – public domain movies for free
(thank god I hadn’t been watching porn just now)
If you had to brag about yourself:
I’m pretty resilient and relentless. Also gosh darn compassionate and open-minded these days, and hopefully for all the days ahead.
Your writer crush:
Never get so attached to a poem you forget truth that lacks lyricism
Never draw so close to the heat that you forget that you must eat
Any place in the world:
A room of my own
Favorite online places right now:
A conversation in which all parties are really listening to one another.
Your rituals (writing or not):
Recording my dreams every morning
Drinking tea from cast iron
I also drink apple cider vinegar daily, as well as holy basil and MSM
Least impressive thing about you:
Impulsiveness, poor judgement
Favorite space to write:
Hip cafés with communal tables.
My own apartment at a desk next to the window
What should we know:
That since I have chosen belief and bewilderment life has gained a richness and fluidity I wouldn’t trade for all the certainty in the world.
Guilty literary pleasure:
Don’t feel guilty about any of my pleasure.
Best book nobody talks about:
The Call of the Wild (just because it’s for kids doesn’t mean it’s not amazaballs)
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Patricia from Joe Versus The Volcano
Last time you lied:
A few hours ago
Question you secretly want to be asked:
What are you working on now?
I’ve just signed up with Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Agency for my debut memoir Like Father. The book is primarily about my father, an alcoholic gambler who raised me on Ayn Rand, and a studies practice of witchcraft, which he believed would aid him at poker tables, and racetracks. There is a Jungian thread through the book as it explores my inner development through dreamscapes and sexual fantasies.
Robin Richardson is a poet, prose writer, and illustrator. She has published two collections of poetry, and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work is forthcoming in POETRY, and has appeared in Tin House, Partisan, The North American Review, and Hazlitt, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been shortlisted for the CBC, Walrus, and Lemon Hound Poetry Prizes. Richardson’s latest collection, Sit How You Want, is forthcoming with Véhicule Press. Poems from the collection have been adapted to song by composer Andrew Staniland for The Brooklyn Art Song Society, and premiered in 2016 in New York. Her memoir, LIKE FATHER, unapologetically takes on sex, power, and spirituality in one woman’s youth of witchcraft, gambling, and alcoholism. Think Sheila Heti meets Carl Jung meets Leslie Jamison.