Five With Jill Alexander Essbaum

Our next guest for Pilcrow Lit Fest's "Five With..." interview series is Jill Alexander Essbaum. She's coming to Pilcrow this year from her home in Europe. Not too shabby for us, right? Nope.

1. What are you working on now?

A book of poems I'm calling (L) O V E R.

2. What is your favorite part of literary festivals and why?

The belly-up-to-the-bar-ness of them, the conversations that take place not on panels but over ice clinking around in highball glasses. Finally, meeting the people you've been reading, emailing, hearing about. The antics.

3. Who are your favorite small press mover/shaker types at the minute?

I'd be a fool to not mention No Tell Books headed by the extraordinary Reb Livingston and Neil Ellis Orts' press NeoNuma Arts-- they've published me, loved me, cajoled me, and worked very hard to bring me (and many other fabulous authors) into print. There's also Pilot Press, Coconut Books, Bloof Books-- so much goodness to be had these days! The cup runneth over!

4. Speaking of Bloof, some ladies of Bloof are reading here in Chicago tomorrow, Thursday April 3rd at the Fixx Reading Series. What a coincidence! Which author do you wish was coming to Pilcrow Lit Fest this year who is not?

Hmmm. John the Revelator.

5. If you were in charge of picking a theme song for Pilcrow Lit Fest this year, what would it be?

Carole King: "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?"

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