For today’s Tête-à-Tête Thursday, I am thrilled to welcome Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Bianca Spriggs. Bianca is a multidisciplinary artist who was named as one of the Top 30 Performance Poets by The Root. She is the recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, along with multiple grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and is a Pushcart Prize Nominee. In partnership with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, she is the creator of The SwallowTale Project a creative writing workshop designed for incarcerated women.
Bianca is also the creator and Artistic Director of the Wild Women of Poetry Slam featured annually at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. This Sunday, she will be hosting Women of the Word, at which I will be reading. I can’t wait to take to the stage again...and I can’t wait to begin this interview, so without further adieu...
The Bourbonista: Tell me about yourself in 50 words or less. At least one word must begin with the letter “X” and none can begin with the letter “S.”
Bianca: I’m a writer and multidisciplinary artist (kind of) from Kentucky. In my downtime, I’m a late-sleeper, blanket fort enthusiast, and an aspiring lucid dreamer. Little known fact: I was a decent xylophonist in high-school marching band. At my apex, I could play with four mallets.
The Bourbonista: In my quest for a simpler and saner lifestyle, I might try the old blanket fort. I was considering a tree house, but a blanket fort would be much more mobile. If you feel like moving, you just fold up your home and go. And think of all the available colors, patterns, and plushes…Ms. Bianca Spriggs, you are brilliant. Now, if you were a circus performer, what would you be and why?
Bianca: Ringmaster. Or the bearded lady. Ringmaster because I excel at bossing people around. Bearded lady because she just seems to work smarter, not harder.
The Bourbonista: Again, brilliant. On the unusual hair topic, I’ve always wanted to just stop shaving the back on my ankles and grow out feathers like a Clydesdale just to see if it might catch on. Ready for a fun one? What would you do if you won the lottery?
Bianca: After the boring stuff like, pay off my car and student loans and like, go to Greece? I would buy that castle on Versailles Road and turn it into a giant artist sanctuary where me and my friends and other interesting, crazy people could hang out together and have adventures like the Muppets. And then I’d blow the rest to send a time capsule into space.
The Bourbonista: Sign me up! Now. I so want to reside in your Big Bohemian Palace where I can be surrounded with Creatives and burst into spontaneous song and dance numbers from time to time. It sounds even more exciting than living in a blanket fort. Now, this is a hard one. If you were on death row…don’t act like you don’t know who you killed to get there…what would be your last supper?
Bianca: I’d have to go with a really shmancy cheese plate with all the little fixins...olives and preserves and stuff. And a really expensive Prosecco served in a mason jar. Just to remind me to stay humble.
The Bourbonista: Death by cheese is pretty much how I want to go. And, I think Prosecco in a Mason Jar should be the name of a poem…or anthology…or a song. Yes, you should write a song with a xylophone accompaniment. I will totally run your Kickstarter campaign for the video. This next question is my favorite. If you were to write a “Thank You” letter to the future Bianca Spriggs for all the cool shit you’ve done twenty years from now, what would it say?
Bianca: Dear Future Self,
Thanks for hanging in there with me. I am not easy to live with. I nag. I fret. I have a lot of ego and self-doubt. But you didn’t let any of that distract you from what’s really important: laughter, imagination, and stalking contacting enough people to finally take your rightful place as a member of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
The Bourbonista: I see a Muppet theme emerging. Frank is begging me to make him a Sweetums costume for Halloween. And, while we’re on the topic of Halloween, I’ll put out a public plea. Hendrick Floyd, please let your amazing wife Bianca Spriggs, who I am sure seldom asks for anything, dress you up as a Klingon. There, how was that for peer pressure? So, last question, if you were a booze, which booze would you be and who would you want to drink you?
Bianca: I’d be Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve 2007. This might be too existential of a question, but, is it possible to drink myself? If not, I’d want the hardest working but most impoverished poet on the planet to drink me on a front porch, near a lake, in early autumn, at sunset, in a rocking chair, with few to no mosquitoes or flies, lots of Coltrane playing, Nag Champa burning somewhere close, and all the time in the world to write.
Don't miss an amazing line-up of writers and writing enthusiasts at Women of the Word as we celebrate our favorite women writers as a teaser event to the Wild Women of Poetry Slam! Sunday, September 15. 6:30-9:30PM. The Green Lantern Bar, 497 W. 3rd St. Lexington, Kentucky. Suggested donation: $5
Musical Guests: Julia Curiel & Misc. Jones
Jaria Gordon, Mark Royse, Karah Stokes, Haddie Rae, Donna Ison, Phoenyx Fyre, Devine Carama, Elizabeth Beck, Adam Ross, Liz Prather, Michelle Knickerbocker, Victoria Sullivan
Elizabeth Kilcoyne, April Fallon, Ashley Ruderman, Hap Houlihan, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer
and Robin LaMer Rahija
Hosted by: Bianca Spriggs
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