1.) When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
The desire to write followed immediately after the ability to read. I have always been attuned to magic, and desperate to recreate it.
2.) What do you love most about the writing process?
Failing better. And that so rudimentary a tool as language has such limitless possibilities. And that perfecting the exercise is impossible. Writing is one of those rare activities that, like a bronco or alto saxophone, can be tamed but never mastered.
3. ) What do you love most about teaching writing?
Learning never stops. The best teachers are those smart enough to realize just how much students can teach us. I’m insatiable for new methods and approaches, and love guiding the experiment.
4.) What are you reading right now?
Everything published by Fitzcarraldo Editions, especially Dan Fox, Virginia Despentes, and Brian Dillon.
5.) What’s your favorite writing quote?
“The combinatorial agility of words, the exponential generation of meaning once they’re allowed to go to bed together, allows the writer to surprise himself, makes art possible, reveals how much of Being we haven’t yet encountered.” -Donald Barthelme