Hope the summer is going well for you.
I'm just back from a wonderful trip to Madison, WI to see old friends (and eat at old favorite restaurants!). There is even a new-to-me veggie paradise restaurant named The Green Owl, and they deserve a shoutout for all their amazing food and beer. As long as I'm giving shoutouts to Madison restaurants, let it be on the record that I always love going to The Weary Traveler, Motherfool's (coffeehouse), Baraka, and Monty's, to name a few. One of the trip's highlight's was a behind-the-scenes look at the new children's museum, which isn't open yet. My friend Erika Koivunen is doing some metal art projects there and gave me a tour--it made me so happy to see so many local artists working really hard to make a truly magical place. Plus there is a delish crepe place across the street, yeah! (All about the food!)
So, yes, I am trying to move back to Madison for many reasons. I've been applying for jobs both there and here since Blacksburg is still a great place to live (don't take my potential exodus as an anti-recommendation). Fingers crossed that somebody needs an adjunct in comp or creative writing this fall.
While I was in Madison, I did a phone interview with Rufus Wainwright. It was brief but he seemed really nice--he was quite nice when I met him briefly in 2001 when he was opening for Tori Amos. Here is the interview:
And, recently posted, here is the interview I did with Xiu Xiu a few months back:
And here is a poem in the latest issue in Typo, which has always been one of my favorite literary magazines:
'Til next time!