“If you walk in the door and ask for a love story, I’m probably going to put Marguerite Duras in your hands. If you ask for science fiction, I’m going to hand you science fiction by a woman of color or by a Cuban writer in translation. If you want to walk out the door with a book hand chosen for you that you would never have picked up otherwise, we’re the place for that.”
"I know that poems—writing them, reading them, sharing them—can sometimes extend my sense of the possible in ways I then carry into imagining and enacting more tender paths through the many horrors of now. I do not think that poets or poems are unique in this work."
“[S}ometimes the location and the plot are completely linked, and in other stories there is a moment that occurs in a specific place. In the former case, I begin with the setting. The rooms or the roads propel the people toward doing what they do. The places are like enablers. In the latter case, the narrative zooms in on something which lets me see what a character is capable of doing next. This sometimes surprises me.”