Eric Schmaltz is an artist, writer, and educator living in Toronto. His work has been previously featured in Lemon Hound, Jacket2, The Capilano Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Puritan, and Open Letter. His first book of poetry and text-art, Surfaces, is available from Invisible Publishing. For more: ericschmaltz.com or @eschmaltzzz.
Where are you now?
Physically, I am in Toronto, Ontario, a city that occupies the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Mentally, my sense of where-ness is distributed across this space and a multiplicity of other spaces, networks, devices, and future tenses.
What are you reading?
I’m reading a lot again. Most recently, Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed, Johnny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead, Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima, and I Left Nothing Behind On Purpose by Stevie Howell.
What have you discovered lately?
I’ve recently discovered the privilege of a less structured mode of living that is very temporarily untethered from the direct machinations of the neoliberal institution of higher education.
Where do you write?
I create wherever I can I place my laptop.
What are you working on?
I’m working on a few things: I’m researching for a new poetry project, (finally) completing a final draft of an edition of I Want to Tell You Love by bill bissett and Milton Acorn, and editing the inaugural issue of Not Your Best, a new periodical published by Knife | Fork | Book.
Have you anything forthcoming?
I have a handful of periodical publications forthcoming, including poems, articles, interviews, and book reviews.
What would you rather be doing?
from Assembled Lines