Q: I'm going to awkwardly insert this into the questions--you talk about being interested in awkward things. A lot! Can you tell us more about this interest?
A: Growing up, I felt the need to disarm folks of their initial perceptions of me. Awkwardness, or honesty, ended up being my best tool for growth. There's a lot of truth hidden in the interactions we try to avoid. I just figured I'd lean in.
Q: if you could enter the realm of any short story or book, what would it be, and what would you do there?
Here's one answer: I'd love to enter anything written by Toni Morrison or Zadie Smith. I'd just find a seat in the margins and gaze up at the prose. Here's another: one of my favorite novels is Yukio Mishima's The Sound of Waves. It's a beautiful coming-of-age story set in post WWII era Japan. I'd like to somehow see the pearl divers in action.
Q: We're having a twitter contest about Friday the 13th. Have you ever had something crazy happen on Friday the 13th? Or anything with that vibe on another day?
A: Let's see. Have you ever been to a frat party? Terrifying! *awkward silence* I remember my childhood friends and I used to play hide and seek in the basement of an old church. That's about as spooky as my life gets.
Q: Except for the zombies, of course.
A: Of course. Except for the zombies.
Does your life get spookier? Or do you have a story/poem that can top Anthony's? If so, tweet it to @pinchjournal, and check back with The Spark this Friday to see our winners. For interviews with our former contributors, look here!