“I Became Accustomed to Absurdity in Early Childhood”: an Interview with MFA Alum Eric Paul
“I am a raw nerve. I can have multiple meltdowns over just one poem. One line can bother me for days,” writes Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA alum Eric Paul in his recent interview with Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
Eric explores music, poetry, ideology, publishing, and more with Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewer Eric Nelson. From his internationally renowned noise-rock bands, Arab on Radar, The Chinese Stars, and currently Doomsday Student, to his recently released full-length poetry collection, A Popular Place to Explode (Heartworm Press, 2015), Eric’s path to writing and publishing is a fascinating one.
On Eric’s research for an MFA program, the musician/poet writes:
In my research I came across a poem on the Greensboro Review called “I Have a Theory about Reflection,” by a poet named Renee Ashley. After reading it, I went out and bought all of Renee’s work. In her bio on the Greensboro Review site, I noticed that she taught in the MFA program at FDU, so I decided to apply to the program. I felt such an unspeakable connection to this poem and to Renee’s work in general that I really wanted to study with her.
…and so he did. “Check out her latest book on Subito Press called Because I Am The Shore, I Want To Be The Sea,” writes Eric.
Read the interview in full at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
Eric Paul is a writer and musician from Providence, Rhode Island. Recently out, A Popular Place To Explode (Heartworm Press, 2015) is Eric’s second full-length collection. He has been the lyricist and vocalist for the bands Arab On Radar and The Chinese Stars as well as his current band, Doomsday Student. In 2009 a collection of Eric’s lyrics and poetry was released by Heartworm Press titled I Offered Myself As The Sea. Since then, he has released two chapbooks: Love In The Monkey Cage and My Parents Were Insects, and two spoken word releases: I Sleep With Their Bones (Bathetic Records) + The Man Who Can’t Say No (Heartworm Press). Eric’s work has also appeared in the magazines: New York Observer, Impose, Ninth Letter, Word Riot, Lunch Ticket, Spork, Booth, and The Literary Review.
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