VIDA Reads with Writers: J. Mae Barizo!

What are you reading on the subway or in the waiting room today? 

812I+tp4jcLThe Vegetarian, by Han Kang

My Ogre Book, Shadow Theater, Midnight by Marcel Broodthaers

Loop of Jade, by Sarah Howe.

What book(s) popped for you in 2015?

Multiply/Divide by Wendy S. Walters

Magpiety, by Melissa Green

Whose words do you return to regularly?

I grew up in rural Southern Ontario, close to the Six Nations reserve.  I return to Canadian poets: Lisa Robertson, Nicole Brossard, Anne Carson, Dionne BrandE. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake), Nathanaël.

Is there an author you can’t wait to read next?

I hope Elena Ferrante writes something new! Also looking forward to new work from Maxe CrandallVincent Toro and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.

What are you working on now? What can VIDA fans look forward to from you next?

Working on a novel and a new book of poems.  Just finished writing the text for a post-feminist song cycle, SWOON. The music is by Doug Balliett and will be sung by Canadian soprano, Charlotte Mundy. Looking forward to hearing it performed!


f28296b2-d8f1-4928-968e-5c225f558248Born in Toronto, J. Mae Barizo is the author of The Cumulus Effect (Four Way Books).  A prize-winning poet, critic and performer, recent work appears in AGNIBookforumBoston Review, Hyperallergic and Los Angeles Review of Books.  She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from Bennington College, the New School, the Jerome Foundation and Poets House.  She lives in New York City.