Welcome to Tête-à-tête Thursday with the captivating, copper-topped Teneice Durrant. Teneice is the managing editor of Winged City Chapbook Press and co-founder and poetry editor for Blood Lotus: an online literary journal. She is an advocate for chapbooks of all genres, and is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Flame Above Flame (2006), The Goldilocks Complex (2009), and Burden of Solace (2012). Teneice is a proud graduate of Spalding University's MFA in Writing Program, and The University of Toledo's MA in English Literature program. She recently won the 2013 Kudzu Poetry Prize for her poem "Nectar." Her most recent projects include co-editing SMALL BATCH an anthology of bourbon poetry with co-editor, Leigh Anne Hornfeldt. The launch party for SMALL BATCH will take place Saturday night in Louisville, Kentucky. The Lexington launch will happen at Al's Bar on October 30.
The Bourbonista: First, thank you so much for including me in this anthology and letting me read at the launch this weekend. I promise I'll stay sober until I get off-stage...well, relatively sober...considering the subject matter, at least a drink or two seems in order. Now, 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.”
Teneice: I love books, bourbon and my babies. Most days I wish I could eat words with a fork. I am doubly-blessed with best friends that also happen to be crazy-good writers. I am a xenophile- totally fascinated by other cultures and traditions.
The Bourbonista: I'm with you on the books and bourbon, but my third "B" would have to be my BMX boy. If you were a circus performer, what would you be and why?
Teneice: Oh…. probably the ring-leader because I always want to be in the middle of things. I’m not coordinated enough to walk tight ropes or flip through the air. Or, the lion tamer.
The Bourbonista: I think you would be fabulous as a spec girl...you know, one of those women who rides atop the elephant in a showgirl costume and waves. That way you could just zone out and be writing poetry in your head the whole time. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Teneice: Free copies of SMALL BATCH for everyone! Lots of supporting my writing community…and really good seats to the Chelsea Man U games.
The Bourbonista: As part of that writing community, I will take my support in the form of liquid inspiration, a new pair of black cowboy boots, a lifetime supply of Totino's triple cheese pizza, and a pygmy hedgehog, who I will name Rasputin. Then, I promise to write a bestseller and dedicate it to you. 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?
Teneice: I’m going to go with mashed potatoes: Leigh Anne Hornfeldt’s Bacon Bleu Cheese Mashed Potatoes, my dad’s dill and sour cream mashed potatoes, and my bourbon mashed sweet potatoes.
The Bourbonista: You must not have heard that just this Tuesday, I mastered mashed potatoes. I made spuds my bitch. The secret--Greek yogurt whipped cream cheese. So, I would be happy to contribute to your supper. Write a short “Thank You” letter to your future self for all the cool shit you’ve done twenty years from now.
Thank you for raising such badass kids that are totally going to take care of you in another ten years. Thank you for doing all that poetry stuff. It didn’t make you rich, but man does it make you happy. And thanks for perfecting that polenta lasagna recipe. That shit is de-lish. Love, You
The Bourbonista: Final question...if you were a booze, which booze would you be and who would you want to drink you?
Teneice: Bourbon, of course. I’d be a beautiful bottle of Buffalo Trace and I would hope my friends would pass me around, get crazy drunk and write poems on dry erase boards… or something like that ;)
To celebrate of the release of Small Batch: An Anthology of Bourbon Poetry, join me at:
Louisville Launch 9PM, October 12, 2013
Come on out to Down One Bourbon Bar for an evening of words and whiskey!
Down One Bourbon Bar
321 Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
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