Catching Up with William Fargason

Where can we read some of your recent work? 

Cover of "Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara" by William Fargason: a fluffy, orangey-pink cloud hanging over the black silhouettes of trees.

This past year I had my first book, Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara come out, which was so exciting. My poem “Forecast” that was published first in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, is in this book.

I’ve had a few new poems come out this past year online:

“Alabama, 2004” in Decomp Journal

“Tracing the Pain” in Hobart

“On Dishes and My Father” in Valparaiso Poetry Review

“Sonnet of Little Faith” in LIT Magazine

“Family Reunion” and “When My Father Tells Me I Had a Great Childhood” in Redivider

“River” and “A Silverfish in the Childhood” in The Adroit Journal

I also had an essay, “Hollywood,” published in Brevity.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished torrin a. greathouse’s wonderful debut Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, which I highly recommend. And I just started reading Eduardo C. Corral’s Guillotine.

What’s next for you? 

I’m finalizing and sending out my second book right now, Shed the Velvet, a cross-genre project of both poetry and nonfiction. Some new poems from this book will be coming out in 2021, which I’m really excited to share with everyone, including a companion poem to “Forecast” called “Arrowhead.” I’ve also been doing some ancestral research in archives this past year, which is most likely going to show up in a third project I’m currently working on. 


William Fargason is the author of Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara (University of Iowa Press, 2020), and the winner of the 2019 Iowa Poetry Prize. His poetry has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, Narrative, and elsewhere. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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