Gabrielle Grace Hogan
Her poetry is interested in vulnerability, intimacy, sex, sexual inadequacy, relationships, nostalgia, grief, the ways we don’t or can’t speak what we are really experiencing to others out of fear of some unknown retaliation, the loneliness of being in a room full of people and saying nothing. She’s currently working on her first full-length manuscript, which examines these subjects, specifically through a queer/lesbian lens. It takes the time to examine several instances of lesbian representation in pop culture and how, for better or for worse, those representations influenced and continue to influence her own perception of her lesbian womanhood; as well as typical motifs of heterosexual femininity, most specifically the all-American cheerleader.
Other than being a voracious reader of poetry, she enjoys all things science and animal conservation and takes in plentiful podcasts, books, and documentaries on those subjects. Antique shopping and thrifting, when the finances permit, engage her quite a bit (her interior decoration goal is “abandoned antique shop”). She is what might be called a pseudo-gamer, and attests that the PS4 is the superior gaming console. Her favorite games by far are The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II. She loves eating, but really, who doesn’t.
Asking who her favorite authors are is a bit like asking who her favorite parent is, but she will indulge best she can. Sam Sax was her introduction to the world of contemporary poetry, and therefore will always be at the top of the list — other favorite poets in no particular order include Chen Chen, Richard Siken, Kaveh Akbar, Ruth Madievsky, Rachel Rabbit White, Frank O’Hara, Jameson Fitzpatrick, and Sharon Olds. For non-poetry writing, she adores Hanif Abdurraqib (though of course his poems are amazing as well), Barbara Kingsolver, Zadie Smith, George Saunders, and others. She is always looking for recommendations of poets, especially women poets.
She likes to be reading both a poetry book and non-poetry book at any moment in time. At this moment (which can change very quickly), she is halfway through Jung Chang’s Wild Swans, a mesmerizing epic memoir, and Khadijah Queen’s I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On, which is deliciously vivid, evocative, at times funny, and always shifting gravity.
You can order her newest chapbook, Soft Obliteration, here: ghostcitypress.com/chapbooks/soft-obliteration