Tabs open on your screen right now:
A Google search for Mendi + Keith Obadike and bikini photos of Jada Pinkett’s mom.
If you had to brag about yourself:
I think my jokes are funny.
Your writer crush:
Teju Cole for the Times
And I be the shit, now you got loose bowels—Lil Wayne, “A Milli”
Any place in the world:
bangers & mash
Favorite online places right now:
Savage X Fenty. But if we’re talking literary journals, Cosmonauts Avenue.
Bread pudding with rum sauce. Good kisses.
Your rituals (writing or not):
My writing day is at least 20% anxiety attacks and 30% hot yoga.
Least impressive thing about you:
Favorite space to write:
In the sun, on my patio. Who said you can’t multitask?
What should we know:
Never underestimate the importance of probiotics.
Guilty literary pleasure:
Ghostwritten celebrity memoirs. And pop-up books.
Best book nobody talks about:
Dandarians by Lee Ann Roripaugh
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Tracee Ellis Ross’ Instagram.
Last time you lied:
Probably somewhere in this interview
I’ll never tell…
Question you secretly want to be asked:
What if we did a folio in which you exes reviewed poems you wrote about them?
Well, I’m glad you asked…
Shayla Lawson is the author of three books of poetry—A Speed Education in Human Being, the chapbook PANTONE and I Think I’m Ready to see Frank Ocean—and the forthcoming essay collection THIS IS MAJOR (Harper Perennial, 2020).
Photo Credit: Kareem Black