Matthew Lippman has tagged me to join The Next Best Thing, started by poet Elizabeth Scanlon. It’s an ongoing network of self-interviews in which each writer with a book coming out tags another set of writers, so that we might all know what everyone’s up to lately. This is mine . . .
What is the working title of the book?
The title of my chapbook is Folding Water.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was on the subway heading home late at night and decided to record my family’s subway trip from Russia to Brooklyn. (Okay, maybe there isn’t a train between the two. Not anymore . . . )
What genre does your book fall under?
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Goldy Hawn, Woody Allen.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
The only known book with instructions on how to fold water.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I started some of the poems about three years ago.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’m one of the only ones still alive who knows the stories my family carried with them from a shtetl near Kiev to America. I wanted to honor those stories.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It will shower you with marzipan rain.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published by Finishing Line Press. To pre-order, just click here.
My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:
I can tag only one more — please let me know if you have a book or chapbook of any kind coming out this year or so, and I’ll tag you. First come, first served!