Meet poet and Room editorial board member Taryn Hubbard.
Tell us a little about the poetry manuscript you’re working on? I think what connects the poems in my manuscript is the suburb. These poems unfold in the intersections, overlaps, and gaps between urban and rural. I’m quite fascinated by suburbs, especially now. There is this push to revitalize and rethink a space that was designed around the ability to drive everywhere. I’m interested in how even the term suburb can be used as a dirty word in urban contexts. I grew up in the suburbs, and currently live in one now with my partner and our mischievous tuxedo cats.
How does technology and digital communication impact or inspire your work? I’ve worked in professional communications for almost ten years, and in one of my early jobs we still had a hand-coded HTML/CSS website, and as the office “communications” person, I was responsible for updating it. I was amazed when I figured out that I could open up this portal with the lowly Notepad program on my PC! After spending years, pouring over website code, and finally taking a few courses at BCIT, I started experimenting with found coding language in my own poetry. My other poetry manuscript is about diagnosis and code. Specifically, the code of explaining one’s self through writing and the code of producing an online space with programming.
What are you reading right now? A few things. I’m reading Chris Kraus’s Aliens & Anorexia and Elizabeth Strout’s Amy and Isabelle. I just finished reading Marilyn Dumont’s A Really Good Brown Girl. I thrifted it for sixty cents earlier in the year, and couldn’t believe my luck. I also love listening to books, and often have an audiobook on the go.
Who are your literary influences? Chris Kraus, Elizabeth Strout, Miriam Toews, Harryette Mullen, Marie Annharte Baker, but I’m also influenced a lot by music. Reading and listening and writing work lockstep for me.