Room­Mate

Taryn Hub­bard

Room Magazine - - ROOMMATE - —Meghan Bell

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.

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