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with Victoria Chang

The last thing that made you smile

My two wiener dogs, Mustard and Ketchup, lying in the same position in a block of sun.

A secret

I have lots of secrets. Don’t we all? The older we get, the more secrets we all have. I was secretly in love with Mr. Darcy (cliché, I know), but my new book gives that all away anyway.

The last thing you wrote

Creatively, I wrote a manuscript of prose poems called OBIT in a frenzied period of two weeks. And since then, I have been working on the manuscript pretty regularly.

Your favourite city

My favorite city is always the one that I’m not living in at the moment. I seem to get tired of every city that I have ever lived in after a few years. I think by nature I just get bored—of the environment, of the people, of the air, of the color of the trees. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with moving to LA proper. It’s close enough that I can taste it but traffic can make my commute up there a pain, although people who live in LA-proper say traffic is horrible too.

What you’d place in a time capsule

I would place some Chinese preserved fruit snacks (anything with olives or haw fruit in them) in a time capsule. Because they are made of ingredients that give them a shelf life in perpetuity and because they taste so good.

Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney’s) won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. In 2017, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her picture book, Is Mommy?, illustrated by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster) was named a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Southern California and teaches at Chapman University and Orange County School of the Arts.