Where can we read some of your recent work?
What are you reading right now?
I’m always reading multiple things at once and have even more books cluttering my apartment than usual since the library continues to extend due dates indefinitely during the pandemic! I just finished Hanif Abdurraqib’s newest book, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance. As with so much of Hanif’s writing, it brings together history, music, regional/Midwestern quirks, being Black in relation to all of those topics, and seems to encompass the whole span of human emotion in the process. I love watching his mind unfold on the page. I just started Brit Bennett’s newest novel The Vanishing Half and am already hooked twenty pages in. As for poetry, I recently read Natalie Shapero’s latest collection Popular Longing (the title alone!) and am looking forward to getting my hands on Sarah J. Sloat’s Hotel Almighty. I am completely enamored of her visual poems and have been experimenting in that direction myself. [Check out a review of Hotel Almighty in this issue!] *Brendan, please link this here?
What’s next for you?
I’ll be planning two readings over the next few months that will feature female and non-binary poets, as part of the Minnesota State Arts Board grant I received in 2020 and extended through part of this year due to the pandemic. I’m hoping to hold at least one (ideally both!) in person this summer, if at all possible. If it turns out a Zoom reading is best, the info will be shared on my social media and website so anyone who wants to can attend. I’m also working to finish my manuscript by the end of this year! Most of 2020 felt like a total wash creatively, but one thing I did was a really rad art collaboration with some designer/printer friends of mine: the result is a mini-broadside of my work. They’re available for purchase on my website!
Casey Patrick’s poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Ruminate Magazine, The Pinch, and other journals. She has an MFA from Eastern Washington University and her work has been supported by fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Hub City Writers Project, and an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She lives in Minneapolis.