Profile of NYT-bestselling author Daniel José Older

Lunch Ticket Summer/Fall 2016

"... he tells me it can be as simple as diversifying who you’re watching, particularly in online spaces like Twitter. It takes some sifting. But, he tells me that, after a while, “you start to see whose voices the people are lifting up.”"

with light steam

Mud Season Review Issue 9

Pushcart Prize Nominee

"When I was a child, the bathhouse was a frightening place. Adult-sized penises swung freely in the heat. Monstrous penises like dripping elephant trunks at eye level. Sweating, bulging potbellies bullied the space a child’s head normally occupies."

on love and fish

Red Fez Issue 78

Pushcart Prize Nominee

"... watching the Russians, seeing the slope of their shoulders, the forward lean of their hips pushed forward by their palms, their crooked Communist smiles – these things communicated their comfort along the shore of the Moon River."

Eye Contact

Prague Revue

"There is a girl. There is the girl I see every day. I smile at her on the platform while we wait for the train. She smiles back and adjusts whatever skirt she is wearing that day. She wears skirts every day. On her feet she wears shiny-soft leather boots with cowboy heels, the kind that slope towards the toe."

Q&A with Brett Sigurdson

Mud Season Review

"Q: You have an admirable beard. What’s your beard-care regimen? A: Ox blood and sparrow tears, applied liberally every morning and twice a day in the winter. Also, regular brushing, and the kind fingers of a good woman."

The Straw Man Grows a Brain... Sort of


"The straw man has come alive! He is an orange Troll — proud and over-the-top in that profoundly unapologetic way often lionized by White American culture."


Thank You

Lunch Ticket

"if given an opportunity to join a collective of writers in any capacity, take it. Jump at it. Continue jumping throughout, reeling with joy, swimming through the words of others."

What Do You Do?

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"The reality is that one’s job and ones calling are separate, often disparate, aspects of one’s life. This is why I stammer—the sputtering words that never quite make it out of my mouth are, There is more than this. I am more than this."

Poetry For Prose

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"Poets, through practice and reading, learn techniques that help us snag a reader’s attention. We learn about the aesthetic power of words. We learn to use language boldly and economically. We learn that a narrative is not panacea."

Avoiding Fedoras: A Guide to Authentic Living

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"Like my friend who was once fixated on picking up chicks, I’ve learned that what makes a great writer—or a great partner—is the same thing that makes a great person: curiosity, compassion, empathy, experience."

On Umwelt and Writing About Family in Nonfiction

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"Wor a writer, this process of inhabiting a different self while shedding objective reality is a peculiar form of self-empathy. I step into a bubble that no longer exists. Or perhaps I construct a bubble based on what latent emotions are accessible to me."

How To Tell If You’re A Writer

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"You might be a writer if you are able to state that you are a writer without examining your shoelaces. You still think it’s a conceited thing to say."


Old Donald Had A Farm | HOOT Review

Brexit Strategy | HOOT Review

my father's mustache | Five2One Magazine, Issue 11 (print)

The Willow's Roots | Ekphrastic California

The Hussars Rode | Angel City Reivew

25th and York | Ash & Bones

When We Pose For Photos | Drunk Monkeys

Hear, O Israel | Drunk Monkeys

Tracking Tortoises | Ultraviolet Tribe

Echoes of Alexander | Silver Bird Press, SAME NAME poetry series

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