What’s it like to be on a first date and say you wrote a book called Inappropriate Sleepover?
Well, the guys mostly look scared and/or confused, but I feel great!
What do you like to do on a first date?
I think meeting for a drink is good. Dinner is too much of a commitment for a first date.
What perfume are you wearing right now?
What are you reading right now?
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr.
You’re a modern dancer turned poet. Do you have a Peter Pan complex?
No. I work really hard.
You feel you’re an underdog. Do you think that’s really accurate or did you assign yourself that role?
I think I’m an underdog, yes. I know that embracing that feeling helps me be productive so it’s useful in that way…but… yeah… I think so.
Since you were a kid, you’ve been obsessed with women with unusual life stories.
Yes. Isadora Duncan, Etta Place, Gypsy Rose Lee, Josephine Baker… It drives me crazy that we don’t know what happened to Etta Place. Was that even her real name? At the same time, I admire the mystery. I think being mysterious has become an undervalued trait.
Your forthcoming book is called The Crimes of Clara Turlington. Who is Clara Turlington? What did she do?
You’ll have to read the book to find out.
You’re the editor of Dressing Room Poetry Journal. How long has Dressing Room been around?
The first issue came out in December 2012.
What else do you want people to know?
I’d like a chocolate milkshake.