“Music, the visual arts, and, predominantly, the writing of books have all been enduring interests, and the arrangement of these essays — long, brief, long, brief, long — is meant to mirror those concerns.”
“I am influenced by people who are confident in the value of the information they have to share and are unapologetically themselves. I am inspired by artists who’s curiosity is never satiated; people who are interested in people in all of their grit, complexity, and beauty.”
“Which brings me to the discrepancy between how rich and privileged countries view resettlement and what resettlement actually is. It is not a favor. It is not a generosity. It is not going out of our way to rescue people. It is a moral obligation.”
Sometimes, you circle and you circle, and you never find the point. But here is mine. I don’t know who will read my novel. I don’t know in what numbers. To ask these questions is to drive myself insane. So here is a better question to drive myself crazy as the days count down. Why do I read in the first place? Why do you?
“Night Call was such an important and personal project for me. Reading new poems to strangers in their most intimate space, whether that’s their bedroom or their living room or their kitchen.”