When is your birthday (day/month/year)?
my birthday is December 15, 1993.
Where are you currently located?
i currently live in seattle, Washington, usa.
Which people have influenced your creative work the most?
I’d say…in short…Barbara kruger, roy Lichtenstein, jenny holzer, mark Rothko, chris burden. I take more inspiration from visual and performance art than from conventional literature, I think
Why do you write?
um…I write out of a need for emotional catharsis, I think. but I think that is a somewhat dangerous reason to write. I think literature, art, etc. have a certain social responsibility and purely cathartic work can often be quite selfish. so I think catharsis is my initial reason for writing, but I’m also interested in how people perceive different forms; I’m interested in advocating for a more liberating version of what literature can be and do.
Favorite planet/celestial body?
the big dipper, I think. it’s one of the only ones I can make out.
What is your educational background?
well, I graduated from high school in 2011 and was enrolled at eastern Washington university during my last two years of high school. for the past three years I’ve gone to the university of Washington in seattle. I’m majoring in English and political science and minoring in art history.
Early bird or night owl?
definitely night owl. most nights I go to bed at ~5 AM.
What is your current occupation?
currently I work as an undergraduate research assistant for the political science department. basically I help with this giant research project that tracks how often certain types of legislation is proposed in the US congress. looking for a second job, just turned in a resume at a frozen custard place. if you live in seattle, give me a job.
What’s the most recent text message you sent?
“hey dude I think I lost my key can I use yours sorry”—I lost my house key last night
Tell us an interesting story about your family/childhood.
I remember like…when I was a little kid, maybe 7 or so I guess, my dad really wanted to see the sequel to that movie “the mummy”…the sequel was called “the mummy returns I think.” I’ve never met someone so into those mummy movies as my dad; he was so pumped to see it. so I’d never seen a movie in theaters before, but we went…and got popcorn and all of that…and then as the movie was starting I started getting really scared. but not even because anything scary was happening in the movie, I was just freaked out by the scale of the projection on the wall, like I had never seen a movie that big. so I told him I had a stomach ache and couldn’t sit through the movie (this was during the opening credits), and he was so sad. I felt really guilty for lying so I cried in my closet for the rest of the afternoon lol.
What song you have listened to the most in the past year?
according to my itunes top 25 most played, “palace” by a$ap rocky. I really like that song because it starts out with this huge bass thing and a$ap rocky starts rapping pretty much immediately like “uh god damn, how real is this? I know the whole world gonna be feeling this!!!!!!” it’s a very exciting song.
Have you had any particular life experience that has strongly impacted or informed your writing?
I don’t think so haha. I write…maybe it’s not very obvious but I think I write about girls a lot…lol
What subjects do you most often engage with in your creative work?
I don’t have any very consistent subject matter, I don’t think. but maybe…if I think about it…I think I engage political and social responsibility, death, curses, desperation, and the vapidity of communication…lol…
What things are you most passionate about politically/socially?
ultimately I am most passionate about income inequality. I could go on a long thing about this, and I won’t…but I’d just like to tell a quick story. in Washington state, we have legalized marijuana and gay marriage, so I see this attitude in a lot of my friends, like this one girl I knew said recently “damn Washington, we’re the best, look at all of this.” but as it turns out Washington actually has the most regressive tax system of any of the 50 states, meaning that poor people pay a higher percentage of their wealth in taxes in comparison to rich people than in any other state. so if you are gay or smoke weed Washington is pretty good, but you better not think about being poor and gay, or poor and smoke weed. we hate poor people here. it’s sad. I think…given the social climate it is quite easy to be pro-gay marriage and pro-marijuana legalization…and I don’t want to diminish those things at all, it is easy to be in favor of those things because they are so clearly, plainly correct (excepting critiques of the broader institution of marriage, which I think are interesting and valid. but I mean on the level of how the mainstream thinks about these issues)…I think it is disappointing that young people don’t seem to care about how shitty poor people have it. and…I don’t know…there are tons of blogs dedicated to social justice, like on tumblr, you know…but I feel like issues of class struggle are under-represented in that environment. to my knowledge there is no jezebel for class.
So, what do you want for your birthday?
I don’t know…lol…a girlfriend and a different apartment and a job. that’s what I want