Sweet Connections: Christine Butterworth-McDermott

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Christine Butterworth-McDermott
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: When Your Mother Loses Her Mind
Issue:  9.2

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Christine lives in Nacogdoches, Texas where she teaches at Stephen F. Austin State University, the home of the only BFA in Creative Writing in the state. She teaches poetry, fairy tales, and literature of the 1920s.  Most often you can find her with students, working on a project, or on Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, reading, or enjoying time with her husband and daughter. You can learn more about Christine by visiting her website.

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

My second collection of poems, Evelyn As, was published by Fomite Press this summer.  It’s a project very dear to me as it let me explore a historical event to expose some very current issues.  At the turn of the century, Evelyn Nesbit was one of the first “celebrity” models, seen on postcards, in advertisements, drawings, and oil paintings. Her story was sensational: at fifteen, she was drugged and raped by famous architect Stanford White, and then she was courted by a millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw, who also abused her mentally and physically. Thaw eventually shot and killed White on a rooftop theater, supposedly to “defend” Evelyn’s honor. These men were extremely powerful, and their abuse of Evelyn and others was often covered up due to their wealth and position. As the crimes of men like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein continue to rattle us, it seemed important to me to try to give a girl like Evelyn a voice. My chapbook, All Breathing Heartbreak, is also due out from Dancing Girl Press this fall.  That’s a much more biographical collection and the poem from Sweet is featured in it. Lastly, I was nominated for Texas Poet Laureate, which was a complete surprise!  The poets appointed were Carrie Fountain and Emmy Pérez, who are both amazing. I was beyond honored to be nominated alongside them.

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Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’m currently working on a new collection of poems which focus on animals and plants, particularly flowers and how so often pretty surfaces hold deep poison. Gingerbread House, which comes out 6 times a year, is always exciting and I am so profoundly grateful to work with the staff I do as well as the amazing artists and authors who contribute. They all continually inspire me.

 Who is your favorite author?

I have an obsession with writers of the 1920s, but I read a lot of contemporary work as well. I love the stunning poetry of Ada Limón and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, who both write about love in such a powerful non-cloying way, which I think is tremendously difficult. I think William Brewer’s I Know Your Kind about the opiate epidemic is brutally eye-opening and Kaveh Akbar’s Calling A Wolf A Wolf is a very honest, and therefore though harrowing, both are really beautiful books to me. I love mainstream fiction, especially anything that incorporates fairytales, and am a huge fan of books like Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood, and Alice Hoffman’s The Ice Queen. I deeply love the epic vision of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which I think is brilliant. The scale of it is tremendous.

 What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

I’m fickle about favorites. People will often ask for a “top ten” and I can’t do it because I can think of at least fifty things I love. They’ll say, “imagine you’re on a desert island and you can only choose…” but I’m—gloriously! thankfully!—not on a desert island. All kidding aside, there are too many works to mention but some poems off the top of my head I read often and am inspired by are: “Glow” (Ada Limón), “Love and Other Disasters” (Philip Levine), “Down in the Valley” (Joshua Mehigan), “burial” (Ross Gay), “Born Again” (Jen McClanaghan), “Pomegranate Means Grenade” (Jamaal May), “Letter to the Northern Lights” (Aimee Nezhukumatathil), and “Breaking Spring” (Matt Hart).

 What inspires you to write?

Always other authors, my artist friends and my non-artist friends, odd overheard phrases, browsing Wikipedia for weird facts about space, animals or sea creatures, going to movies or the ballet, listening to music. My husband is a terrific writer in his own right and my biggest cheerleader/editor. My daughter’s generosity and wonder opens my eyes in new ways every single day. Often, it’s just experimentation based on the best question: what if. What if that person was a flower, what if I could rewrite history, what if that silenced person could speak, what if I dreamt like an octopus? These are the thoughts I have that grow into poems. Above all else, I would say that emotionally I am inspired by a need for healing. A poem often starts when I try to process something that happened to me, a community, a country, or someone I love. The world is equal amounts cruelty and beauty and I think most of my work comes from trying to contend with both poles.

 What is your favorite sweet?

I love black licorice, which seems really appropriate after the other questions, since it is both bitter and sweet.  Again, I have so many favorites, but today here’s an alcoholic beverage: The Frisky Witch.  It’s simple—one ounce each of black Sambuca and vodka over ice in an old-fashioned glass. If you don’t like black licorice, you won’t like it—but if you do, it’s just lovely. In the right light, it can look like emerald in a glass.

Thank you, Christine, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Sweet Connections: Louis Bourgeois

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Louis Bourgeois
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: Carolyn Park Elementary
Issue: 5.2

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Louis is based out of Oxford, Mississippi where he is the Executive Director of VOX Press.

 

 

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

VOX’s Prison Writes Initiative (the only program in Mississippi that offers a comprehensive liberal arts education to Mississippi inmates) is growing each semester and is where most of my energy is focused.

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

Currently, we (VOX) are putting together our 3rd volume of Mississippi prison writing, titled Mississippi Prison Writing, which includes work from men, women, and youth inmates from several Mississippi prisons.

Who is your favorite author?

Right now, Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

Right now, d’Aurevilly’s L’Ensorcelee.

What inspires you to write?

Fear.

Thank you, Louis, for taking the time to reconnect with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

 

Sweet Connections: Carolyn Williams-Noren

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Carolyn Williams-Noren
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: My Daughter and Her Best Friend Made Blue Jay Masks at Camp
Issue10-3

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Carolyn can be found writing, editing/proofreading for writers and publishers, and teaching at the Loft Literary Center. In between, she spends a lot of time walking (with her canine friend Luna) near the Mississippi River, puttering around her garden, and schlepping children from place to place. You can find out more about Carolyn by visiting her website.

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

The best news I’ve heard in a while is that the awesome little press known as Ethel will publish my chapbook, F L I G H T S, in mid-2020. And a new poem, “Working the Puzzle,” will be in Cimarron Review this fall.

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’ve been writing poems that reckon with the ways I’ve been (still am) connected to the oil industry.

Who is your favorite author?

This is the hardest question, and of course there’s not just one. A contemporary author I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is Ruth Ozeki. Her writing has followed such an interesting path over the years, and I’ve found her work meaningful in a different way each time I’ve intersected with it . I stumbled on My Year of Meats years ago and adored its form, humor, and subject matter. Of course A Tale for the Time Being was immensely popular and well-loved, and, besides being just plain intriguing and enjoyable, happened to connect with some ideas I’d been thinking about, too. And then, more recently, I brought The Face: A Time Code on a camping trip. It’s a record of a sustained meditation in front of a mirror, and wow — the face, identity, memory, aging — what a little book to read beside a lake!

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

The book of poems I feel closest to is Jane Kenyon’s Let Evening Come.

What inspires you to write?

In July, as a way of getting unstuck, I wrote (quickly!) an abecedarium called “Reasons to Write a Poem.” Here’s a little bit of it:

Homes. Howling. How are you.

Indecision. Ice, all kinds. Inklings.

Jettison, jam.

Kaleidoscope, cake.

Lemons, lifetimes.

Marriage. Motherhood. Multiplicity. Men. Manliness.

Nobody knows.

Open the mouth.

What is your favorite sweet?

These brownies are my go-to.

Thank you, Carolyn, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Sweet Connections: Jeff Newberry

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Jeff Newberry
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: “All My Possible Selves from Alternate Universes Meet in a Bar for a Drink,” “Failure is an Art,” “Teaching is an Art,” “Memory is Sequential Art,” and “Mosiac”
Issue: 5.1, 11.2, 11.3

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Jeff can be found in teaching and grading mode at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, where he is core faculty in the Writing and Communication Program. You can learn more about Jeff at his website.

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

In July, WordTech Editions released my new book, Cross Country, a collaboration with the poet Justin Evans. Cross Country is a dialogue in epistolary letters. Written primarily in 2015 and 2016, the letters range from personal meditations to commentary on social and political issues. 2016 was a rough year. Trump was elected. The Pulse Nightclub shooting happened. I’d turned 40 in 2014 and was dealing with a lot of personal baggage, too. My daughter, Madi, was diagnosed in utero with Spina Bifida. Her birth in 2014 provides the backdrop for many of the poems, too.

Newberry Book

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I am working on a memoir of essays, including the ones published in Sweet. Tentatively titled The Daily Comics: A Memoir in Frames, the book is a collection of experimental essays. I’m fascinated by writers like Brian Oliu, Dinty W. Moore, Sarah Minor, and others who explore experimental forms in their writing.

Who is your favorite author?

You might as well ask me which is my favorite child! A few names pop to mind: Dinty W. Moore, Ira Sukrungruang, Jake Adam York, Seamus Heaney, Colson Whithead, and Erica Dawson all pop to mind immediately.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

It’s an anthology chestnut, but my favorite poem (at least lately) is probably Seamus Heaney’s “Digging.” I love the way he marries personal biography with aesthetic commentary. The poem exists in this weird liminal space between confession and critique. As a writer from a rural, blue collar background, I wholly understand the poem’s final lines:

But I’ve no spade to follow men like them.

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.

What inspires you to write?

Hamlet says that the time is out of joint and that he was born to set it right. I don’t have such lofty ambition (perhaps secretly, I do); but I do think that my writing emerges from a need to explore and to set right or realign the world. Humans are the only storytelling creatures. Stories have power that we have yet to understand. For me, writing is an act of storytelling, even when I’m writing a lyric poem.

What is your favorite sweet?

I adore sweets of all kinds, but every Christmas, I take it upon myself to bake pecan pies, which I spike with bourbon. Pecan pie is definitely my favorite sweet (today).

 Thank you, Jeff,  for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Sweet Connections: Sarah Fawn Montgomery

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Sarah Fawn Montgomery
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: White Witch as a Young Girl
Issue:  10.2

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Sarah is currently an Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University outside Boston. Most days you can find her walking around the lake by her home, which she says is vibrant and always changing. You can learn more about Sarah by visiting her website.

 

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

My book Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir was published by The Ohio State University! It was terrifying to share my story about mental illness, medical sexism, and big pharma with the world, but also validating to connect to many other folks who are struggling.

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Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

After Quite Mad, I’ve been writing standalone essays again and have pieces coming out in some exciting places like Brevity, Split Lip Magazine, and Essay Daily. And I’m also working on my next nonfiction book

Who is your favorite author?

There are too many to list, but recently I’ve been (re)reading Jericho Brown, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Donika Kelly, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Ada Limón, and other favorite poets.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

Again, there are too many to list, but in the past few weeks I’ve read If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim, Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett, and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.

What inspires you to write?

Reading, nature, weird science facts, a great meal, solitude.

What is your favorite sweet?

I have quite the sweet tooth and try to have dessert as many nights as possible—I recently had a lavender caramel that won’t leave my dreams.

Thank you, Sarah, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Sweet Connections: Dinty W. Moore

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Dinty W. Moore
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: Frida’s Circle
Issue:  3.2

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Dinty spends his time in his Appalachian Ohio garden trimming and pruning and picking off dead leaves, tying up the tomato plants that are weighted down with watery green globes, chasing away bugs, calculating when to harvest and what to cook. Dinty is also finishing a book. You can learn more about Dinty by visiting his website.

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

A few new books. A few grey hairs. I’ve lost some weight.

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

The book-in-progress is titled, for now at least, To Hell With It, and examines the myth of Hell and the mostly man-made theological construct of the Original Sin through the lens of Dante’s Inferno. It is an indictment of organized religion and “inventive” Christian theologians, and also, if I pull it off, a funny book filled with odd stories and facts.

Who is your favorite author?

This changes weekly, but I always cite Vonnegut, Didion, Dickens, Benchley (Robert, not Nathaniel), and John McPhee.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

This is truly impossible to say.

What inspires you to write?

Questions that haunt me, make my brain itch, that seem unanswerable.

What is your favorite sweet?

Gelato, from GROM – Il Gelato come una volta
Via del Campanile, 2, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

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Thank you, Dinty, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Sweet Connections: Gianna Russo

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Gianna Russo
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: Somewhere Jazz
Issue:  10.2

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Gianna is living in her 1928 bungalow in Seminole Heights, where the distant gunshots are fewer and the local hipsters are plentiful. She loves it there. Gianna continues teaching creative and academic writing at Saint Leo University, where she also directs the Sandhill Writers Retreat. Gianna is still puttering around in her garden and dancing in her imagination. You can learn more about Gianna by visiting her website.

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

A ton has happened since then! I went back to school and earned an MFA in Poetry from The University of Tampa. My second poetry collection, One House Down, is due out in October 2019 from Madville Press.  I’ve had a number of magazine publications, and I was named Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Local Poet.

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’m working on new poems and a memoir. The poems are coalescing around ideas of immigration, social justice and the haves and have-nots. They’ve been influenced by my having a Mexican daughter-in-law and by a visit to Immokolee, Florida, where migrant farm workers grow and pick the majority of our fresh vegetables. It was very troubling to witness their living conditions.  The hateful rhetoric and actions coming from the current US administration is also influencing this work.

I’m also working on a biographical memoir about my grandfather.  He was a Florida legislator in the early 1920s and then a judge in Tampa.  I’m using archival papers and my own memories and experiences to tell our story.

Who is your favorite author?

For a book lover and literature teacher, that’s a terrible question!  My favorites right now include my numerous mentors (they know who they are), along with Ross Gay, Natalie Diaz, Ada Limon, and the Appalachian writer Ron Rash.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

Again, this only applies to right now: A Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay.

What inspires you to write?

The sound of owls at dusk, the feel of palm fronds in the rain, the taste of good wine, the smell of sulfur water, the sight of bats among skyscrapers, powerful poems, and provocative conversations, to name a few.

What is your favorite sweet?

I have a huge sweet tooth.  One of my favorites is classic flan de leche.  This recipe supposedly comes from the now-defunct, very famous Spanish restaurant in Ybor City, Las Novedades, where it is said Teddy Roosevelt and his Roughriders ate before embarking to Cuba for the Spanish American War.  I was given the recipe thirty years ago by my neighbor, Hortensia Ramirez, whose uncle had worked there before it closed sometime in the latter part of the 20th century. This flan is absolutely the best!  And easy!

You will need 4-6 ceramic custard cups
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can water
4 eggs beaten well
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
4-5 tbsp. sugar

First, caramelize the sugar by heating it on high in a nonreactive pan until it starts to melt. Reduce to medium and stir until sugar turns golden brown.  Pour into custard cups.  Beat together the other ingredients. Pour over the sugar in the cups.  Place the cups in a large pan with water that comes up to about the half the height of the cups (a water bath). Bake in a 350 oven for 20 minutes, then reduce oven to 300 and bake for an hour or until set (insert toothpick to test).  Allow cups to cool on a rack and overnight in the fridge (cover with plastic wrap once cool).  To unmold, run a knife around the edge of each cup and turn it over onto a plate.  The sugar should cascade over the flan.  Delicious!

For more info see:
http://www.tampapix.com/lasnovedades.htm

 Thank you, Gianna, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Sweet Connections: Jacqueline Doyle

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

 Name: Jacqueline Doyle
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: Little Colored Pills
Issue:  11.2

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Jacqueline lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches at California State University East Bay. Summer is generally a relaxing and productive time for teachers, but Jacqueline and her husband both had jury duty, and both were chosen for trials. They are also having work done on the largest room in their small house, so the contents of many bookcases are stacked everywhere you turn. Right now, you would find her in a state of chaos. You can learn more about Jacqueline by visiting her website.

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

I won a creative nonfiction contest at The Sunlight Press with a flash essay connected to my publication in Sweet. I’ve also had lyric essays and flash published in The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Juked, The Collagist, and Ghost Proposal, and accepted for publication in Little Fiction/Big Truths, F(r)iction, CRAFT Literary Magazine, the Minnesota Review, Pithead Chapel, and Passages North. My flash chapbook The Missing Girl (Black Lawrence Press) is over a year old, but I just had another review in Bellingham Review and an interview in Heavy Feather Review. I’m thrilled that the book continues to attract new readers.

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

Coming out as bipolar in “Little Colored Pills” was a major step for me, and inspired a longer project-in-progress that is part nonfiction, part fiction, part memoir: an exploration of my story and my bipolar aunt’s story within the expanded context of women and the history of the treatment of mental illness. The Lunatics’ Ball combines a lot of very disparate materials and kinds of writing and I’m still not sure what shape it will take. The title flash is coming out in F(r)iction next month; I’ve published two of the historical flash in The Collagist and a flash fiction in Connotation Press; a short hybrid essay will be published in Passages North next spring.

Who is your favorite author?

Years ago, I wrote my Ph.D. dissertation on the significance of modernist writers’ competing versions of Edgar Allan Poe. I’ve been thinking about Poe again lately, a bipolar author who fascinated me long before I was diagnosed. Two writers that I recently rediscovered were Shirley Jackson and Jayne Anne Phillips.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

I’m sure I read Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House before, but when I reread it last year I was blown away. I also loved rereading Jayne Anne Phillips’ Black Tickets. My favorite books are always changing.

What inspires you to write?

Breaking silences. Recovering lost voices. I started writing late in life, so I feel greater urgency than I might have if I’d started earlier. I feel like there’s a lot to say, and not enough time for it.

What is your favorite sweet?

My favorite recent dessert was a tres leches cake at a party for Cristina Garcia’s upcoming play, adapted from her novel The Lady Matador’s Hotel. Amazing and delicious! (The dessert and the book.) Here’s a Cuban-style recipe: https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cake/tres-leches-three-milks-cake-cuban-style.html

 Thank you, Jacqueline, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Sweet Connections: Carmella Guiol

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Carmella Guiol
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: Fanmail – Sarah Einstein
Issue: 9.2

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Carmella recently moved from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico where she plans on supporting the local agriculture movement and writing a memoir about her relationship with her father who suffers from early-onset dementia.
You can learn more about Carmella by visiting her website and reading her weekly newsletter.

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

Since my Sweet publication, I’ve taught poetry to Miami elementary students in English, French, Spanish, and Creole. I’ve also started performing as a stand-up comic.

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’m excited about my weekly newsletter, Dispatches from my Digital Life, in which I explore issues of digital health, and the addictive nature of our relationships to our handheld devices and online identities.  I’ve written about a yearlong social media sabbatical I took for Orion magazine. I’m also in the early stages of writing a memoir about my relationship with my extraordinary father and his journey from sailboat captain to dementia patient.

Who is your favorite author?

Joy Harjo

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

I love memoirs because I love seeing someone’s life experience from the inside. Choosing my favorite books is hard, so instead I’ll just tell you what I’ve recently read and loved: Native Country of the Heart by Cherrie Moraga, Memory Palace by Mira Bartok, Becoming by Michelle Obama, The Baltimore Book of the Dead by Marion Winik, The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman, Rough Beauty by Karen Auvirnen, and Paula by Isabel Allende.

 What inspires you to write?

Writing allows me to connect with myself and the world around me in a deeper way.

What is your favorite sweet?

My favorite sweet is the French staple, crepes. In my family, we have a long tradition of Sunday crepe brunches, and while we make them with all kinds of toppings, my favorite is the simple sucre/citron combination: brown sugar and lemon. You can’t go wrong!

 Thank you, Carmella, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

Sweet Connections: Adam Hughes

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Adam Hughes
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: Grace
Issue:  7.3

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Adam lives outside of Lynchburg, Virginia where he is a second year MFA student at Randolph College. You can learn more about Adam on his website.

 

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

Since appearing in Sweet I’ve published two more full length collections. Allow the Stars to Catch Me When I Rise (which includes my poem “Grace” which appeared in Sweet) came out from Salmon Poetry in 2017 and Deep Cries Out to Deep came out from Aldrich Press also in 2017. I’ve also begun my MFA at Randolph College.

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’ve begun assembling another collection as well as a concept collection that revolves around a fictional society where maps have been outlawed. The poems ask the questions of why, what would be the ramifications, and what would be lost.

Who is your favorite author?

So many right now. Kaveh Akbar, Ilya Kaminsky, Diana Khoi Nguyen. I’m also really drawn to non-fiction authors Robert Macfarlane and Tony Horwitz.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

Right now, I’d say Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic hit me in a way I’m not sure any other poetry collection ever has.

What inspires you to write?

I’m not sure how to answer this without reverting to cliché. I was a pastor for seven years and, as a recovering evangelical, my relationship with the Divine Other is a continually evolving, dynamic thing that appears constantly in my writing. I also write as a father, a divorcee, a newly engaged man, an amateur rugby player; all my various selves give inspiration to my writing.

What is your favorite sweet?

As a type 1 diabetic, I shouldn’t have too many answers to this one. But I do. A lot of them. Too many, really. For now, I’ll simply say that the apple cobbler my fiancé makes is my favorite sweet. I had some for breakfast this morning!

Thank you, Adam, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!