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with Luther Hughes

The last thing that made you smile

The last thing that made me smile was a text from a man who said he’d always be down to read one of my poems. And considering I don’t really share my poems with anybody outside of school settings and my mentor, that made me feel special. And added a tiny grain of sugar to my ego.

A secret

I’m lowkey in love with the show Modern Family. I don’t care what anybody has to say to me, the show is hilarious. My ex got me hooked on it and I can’t turn away. I also love The Big Bang Theory, but we don’t have to talk about that.

The last thing you wrote

I just wrote a poem called, “Augmentation,” about earthquakes, Michael Jackson, and my father for workshop.

Your favourite city

My favorite city will always be Seattle. That’s home and I will always love home. Other than Seattle, it would be Chicago. I spent my undergrad years there and that city raised me in so many ways. I owe a lot of my growth as a poet to that city.

What you’d place in a time capsule

I’d probably place one of my notebooks in a time capsule. If not a notebook, then my current flash drive. Someone needs to get these words. Haha! No but seriously, I would place my favorite book, Boy with Thorn by Rickey Laurentiis in there. That book changed my entire little life and has helped my poetry in so many ways it’s literally crazy.

Luther Hughes is a Seattle native, but is currently an MFA candidate in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Shade Journal and Associate Poetry Editor for The Offing. Winner of the Brutal Nation Poetry Prize and Windy City Times Chicago, 30 Under 30 Honoree, Luther’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Vinyl, NAILED, Solstice Literary Magazine, and others. He thinks you are beautiful.