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Prince performs in Birmingham, England, in 2014. (AP Photo/NPG Records).
Prince performs in Birmingham, England, in 2014. (AP Photo/NPG Records).

I wrote “Prince Left Us an Instruction Manual”  for Medium (April 28, 2016). In this essay I am thinking about Prince and the American lyric, Prince and pleasure, Prince as read by Touré and Daphne Brooks, Prince and what he wants us to do now that he’s gone.

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My conversation with Forrest Gander about Raúl Zurita appears in the latest volume of Essay Press’s chapbook series: Psychogeographical Romance: Three Interviews, edited by Leonard Schwartz (November 2015). I was also asked to write the “Afterword,” an opportunity to think intensely about Zurita alongside poets Jennifer Scappettone and Yolanda Castaño.

Essay Press Volume 42

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LARB Radio ME & Clarice

Here is my chat with the hosts of the Los Angeles Review of Book‘s LARB Radio Hour on Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories (New Directions 2015) translated by Katrina Dodson (October 29, 2015).

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 I spoke with filmmaker and essayist Alex Mar about ritual, spiritual practice, portals to life & death, and community within the American paganism movement, which she explores in her new book Witches of America (FSG 2015). The interview appears in The Millions (October 21, 2015).

Alex Mar Witches of America

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On October 14, 2015, at 7.30pm at Skylight Books in Los Feliz, I spoke with Katrina Dodson, the translator of Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories (New Directions 2015). Event Address: 1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Podcast here!

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My speculative meditation on Rachel Cusk’s Medea and my thoughts on her latest novel Outline (FSG 2015) in the Los Angeles Review of Books (September 25, 2015).

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Clarice The Millions 8-10-15

I discuss New Directions’ The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector (translated by Katrina Dodson and edited by Benjamin Moser) in The Millions (August 10, 2015).

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Jennifer Clement & ME

I had a fascinating conversation with novelist and poet Jennifer Clement as part of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD Series (May 14, 2015). The podcast is here.

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My review of Alice Fulton’s new book of poems Barely Composed is in the May/June 2015 issue of Boston Review 

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“Cookie On My Mind” – my piece on longing for Cookie Lyon and season 2 of Fox’s “Empire” – is up at the Los Angeles Review of Books (March 25, 2015).

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My interview with Adrienne Rich on poetry, politics, and Chile, published for the first time in English, is at The Critical Flame (March 23, 2015).

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My essay “On Waiting and Sugar” is up at the Los Angeles Review of Books — LARB Blog. (November 15, 2014.)

This is a hybrid affair, a lyric meditation on waiting that relies on a diverse cast of characters including Adam Phillips, Miguel de Unamuno, Elizabeth Bishop, Jorge Luis Borges, Kara Walker, Dunkin Donuts, Al Pacino, and long lines of strangers.

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My review of Joshua Wolf Shenk’s new book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs can be read at Rewire Me (November 5, 2014).

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My poem “Paz with a ‘Z'” is up with Silver Birch Press (September 26, 2014).

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The Millions published the essay “‘My Disease Feels Beautiful to Me’: On the Work of Raúl Zurita” on September 25, 2014.

(And here is a shoutout from The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet the Blog.)

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I wrote “Look! Our Bodies in Play” about the American artist Michael Sagato for his solo show at the Jack Geary Contemporary in New York City (April 2014).

(My essay was quoted by Artsy Editorial here.)

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My conversation with award-winning poets Forrest Gander and Raúl Zurita about their project Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books on February 2, 2014. It’s in English and Spanish.

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The Millions published my essay “I Found a Way to Enter: Diving Into Writing” – on Eros, creativity, and Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” – on November 26, 2013.

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The Paris Review Daily published my essay “The House We Live In: Elizabeth Bishop on the Big Screen” on November 7, 2013. The film opened on November 8th in New York and November 29th in Los Angeles.

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The Paris Review Daily published my essay on handbags “Precious Cargo” on June 28, 2013.

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My CV is here.

Read my translations of text by + about Chilean poet Nicanor Parra (who turns 102 years old in September 2016) here.

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Photo by Jeann Young
Photo by Jeann Young