How’s the erotic poetry business?

Funny you should ask. JUNKIE WIFE, my erotic chapbook chronicling my first, dysfunctional, drug-fueled marriage, has just been published by Moon Tide Press, with a foreword by the great Bill Mohr. I’m reading all over town. (Details on my website.)


Tell me more:

JUNKIE WIFE reads more like a story than a random collection of poems. If you like menage a trois, hard narcotics, brutal truths, and cannoli, you’ll love JUNKIE WIFE.


You write a lot about sex. It’s harder than it looks. Any advice?

Write the space around it. Much as Julia Cameron, in The Artist’s Way, teaches drawing by telling students to “draw the space around their subject”. I think the great mistake people make when trying to write erotica is being overly explicit at the expense of story.


What’s on your nightstand right now?

Jenn Givhan’s Landscape with Headless Mama, Lynn Marie Houston’s The Mauled Keeper, Beate Sigriddaughter’s Xanthippe and Her Friends, Ace Boggess’s The Prisoners, and D.A. Powell’s Repast: Tea Lunch Cocktails. I recently featured with him at the Marin Cultural Center in Northern California. It was a great thrill. He is one of my poetry heroes!


What do you do when you’re not writing?

I take a lot of photographs, both in my studio and on the street. I read voraciously. I like long walks on the beach. I’m a fool for daily sex. And movies.


Who are you listening to these days?

I’m hopelessly mired in mid-century jazz. Chet Baker, Miles, Ella, Sarah, Coltrane, Dolphy, Mingus, Dexter Gordon, and most of all, Thelonious Monk. His music mirrors my mind.


Secret pleasure?

Crossword puzzles. Chocolate. Crime Watch Daily (from which I have drawn copious material.)


What’s coming in 2018/19?

The Dead Kid Poems, a chapbook written post-State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (2015). It contains poems about life after the death of my son, as well as poems about my meth-addicted niece, “Anna.” To be published by KYSO Flash Press in early 2019. My next full-length collection, Sex, With a Side of Sorrow, is ready to be edited. And a noir, graphic novella, My Criminal Boyfriend, is on track for a completed first draft by the end of 2018.


What’s the best part about being a poet?

When people tell me/write me that my fearlessness has made them fearless, too.

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Poet and photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER has work published in over 200 literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Rattle, Hobart, Verse Daily, The MacGuffin, Plume, Duende, Tinderbox, Diode, Nashville Review, Rust + Moth, Nasty Women Poets, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, among others. Her photographs have been published worldwide, including the cover of Witness and Pithead Chapel, and a five-page spread in River Styx. Her books include: How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen & other heart stab poems, Enter Here, and the autobiographical, Junkie Wife. Her chapbook, State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies was released in 2015, and its companion, The Dead Kid Poems, published in May, 2019. EROTIC, a volume of her new and selected erotica, will be published in 2020 by New York Quarterly. A nominee of multiple Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, Best Micro-fiction, and Best of the Net awards, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She and her husband live 20 miles outside of Los Angeles, in a small beach community overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They have an extraordinary view.

2 responses to “Alexis Rhone Fancher: The TNB Self-Interview”

  1. SuZanne says:

    You’re doing it to me again Alexis… “it” being motivating me ! Thank you dearly.
    Great interview.
    Suzanne C.
    Victor’s friend in MA

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