I had decided to retire the literary Would You Rather series, but didn't want to stop interviews on the site all together. Instead, I've pulled together 40ish questions - some bookish, some silly - and have asked authors to limit themselves to answering only 10 of them. That way, it keeps the interviews fresh and connectable for all of us!
Joining us today is Jade Wallace (they/them). Jade is a poet,
fiction writer, and editor. Their debut full-length poetry collection, Love
Is A Place But You Cannot Live There, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions
in spring 2023. Wallace serves as the inaugural book reviews editor for CAROUSEL,
and is also the cofounder of MA|DE, a collaborative writing entity whose
debut collection, ZZOO, is forthcoming from Palimpsest Press in 2025.
Keep in touch: jadewallace.ca & ma-de.ca
|photo credit: Mark Laliberte
What do you do when you’re not writing?
What’s the most useless skill you possess?
What is your favorite book from childhood?
Even in adulthood I will gladly reread A Wrinkle in Time, or anything else by Madeleine L’Engle.
What are you currently reading?
What genres won’t you read?
What’s the one book someone else wrote that you
wish you had written?
You have to choose an animal or cartoon
character that best represents you. Which is it and why?
If you could remove one color from the world,
what it would be and why?
Brown. It’s immediately depressing to look at, and if you try to mix it with any other colour, the other colour just starts to look brown as well. I’m getting annoyed just thinking about it.
Do you DNF books?
What scares you the most?
Each section of Love Is A Place But You Cannot Live There is a
psychogeographic investigation. Two casual ghost hunters on a road trip
hear the death rattle of their relationship. Residents of a city’s fringe
measure their physical and social isolation. A mother and her adult child have
diametrically opposed reactions to their vacation spot. Lovers on a romantic
coastal getaway discover how estranged they are from one another. Curious
figures begin to embody their environments. Forthright and anecdotal, these
poems recount the signals people transmit and receive, and the reciprocal ways
we make, and are made by, the places we inhabit.
Jade Wallace’s inventive debut
poetry collection reminds us that we are all fundamentally travellers … travel
is a mode of movement and critical self-reflection in this extraordinary book.
Dickinson, professor of poetry and author of Anatomic
Firmly anchored in the tradition
of the Southern Ontario Gothic, Love Is A
Place But You Cannot Live There maps the eerie unmappable … Jade Wallace writes with
tenderness, humour, and a haunting perspicacity that is all their own.
MacAskill, author of Murmurations and
Wallace’s curious, nimble, and
nostalgic words land with the halcyon sweetness of Ambrosia salad, the
unsettling significance of an abandoned house. There’s music in this phenomenal
Ghadery, reviews editor for Minola
Review and author of Fuse
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