VIDA Reads with Writers — Maxe Crandall!

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

I’ve just started Jarett Kopek’s new novel I Hate the Internet, crucial & convenient because I’m teaching at Stanford this year. I’ve just read three really great debuts: Jason Zuzga’s Heat Wake, Nate Marshall’s Wild Hundreds, and Loma’s new chapbook Sad Girl Poems. I’ve been reading and re-reading Bryn Kelly because we are devastated [one blog; one story].

What book popped for you in 2015?

Sara Jane Stoner, Experience in the Medium of Destruction.

Tonya Foster, A Swarm of Bees in High Court.

Nathaniel Mackey, Blue Fasa.

Brandon Brown, Top 40.

Whose words do you return to regularly?

Kevin KillianSamuel DelanyAlice NotleyCAConradJames Baldwin. Jenny Zhang.

Ari-BaniasIs there an author you can’t wait to read next?

Very excited for Ari Banias’ book Anybody, out in September. And the soon-to-be-novel from Diana Cage’s new chapbook, The Husbands.

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

I’m “finishing up” three sprawling projects: a collection of performance writing/poets theater that will include my new play Boccaccio on Ice, the biography, Gertrude Stein and Men, and my ultimate revenge tragedy/verse novel, The Nancy Reagan Collection.


Maxe-CrandallMAXE CRANDALL is a writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY and Berkeley, CA. They are the author of the chapbooks, Together Men Make Paradigms and Emoji for Cher Heart, the longest poem about Cher in the world. Together Men Make Paradigms debuted at Dixon Place with an all poet and activist cast and was a finalist for the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award. Maxe is a recipient of the Poetry Project’s Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship and the Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship, and their work can be found online in places like The Recluse, Vetch, and Women & Performance.