10+ QUESTIONS! WITH Lauren Mccormick

by Laurin Macios | August 2016

Lauren McCormick was featured at Mass Poetry's U35 reading in September 2014. // 10+ Questions! is a new series in which we catch up with poets who have been featured in our programming.

It's been two years. What's new in life?
I believe the biggest thing is that in April 2015 my boyfriend and I left Boston to go on a year-long road trip through the Deep South, Midwest, and Southwest. It was useful for me to get out and see different parts of the country since my thesis poems were based in modern myth and nature. At the end of that trip we decided to come back to the east coast and stay in Durham, NC.

What are you working on these days?
Right now, I’m working on two concepts for novels, one of which I might use to participate in NaNoWriMo. For poetry, after not wanting to look at them for 7 months, I’ve been revising some of the poems I wrote for my thesis.

Is your poetry different now than it was then, and if so, in what ways?
I was relatively new at writing poetry a couple of years ago, so it’s not so much different as comfortable now. I still like incorporating myths into my poems, but it’s become easier.

Who/what are you reading lately?
Ted Hughes’ Crow alongside Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter is gorgeous. I’ve also finally got my hands on a copy of My Feelings by Nick Flynn.


What’s the last song you listened to?
Strangers by The Kinks.

What are your current top 5 favorite books of any genre?
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Are you a good dancer?
Only when I’ve had enough liquid encouragement.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep?
I overbooked myself during the junior year of my undergrad and it was particularly taxing. During the busiest week, I stayed awake and writing/translating/working for about 72 hours. I credit that week alone as the end of that magical ability all young people possess.

If you could spend next year living in the setting of any book, TV show, or movie, where would you choose and why?
Part of me wants to say any of the many classics set in Regency England, but I think I’m going to have to go with The Hobbit, specifically to live in The Shire. I love farming, eating, dancing, and reading already; if I could do it in a pastoral England-esque fantasy world, my life would be complete.

Tell us a joke you know by heart.
What was the first bus to cross the ocean?
The Columbus. (Courtesy of a Laffy Taffy wrapper.)

What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line, and what was it for?
ours for every single Harry Potter midnight release.