Christy Davids interviews erica lewis

PennSound podcast #56

erica lewis (left) and Christy Davids (right).


Christy Davids visited Kelly Writers House on October 24, 2016, to talk with erica lewis, who was passing through Philadelphia to give a reading in Jason Mitchell’s Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover series in between stops in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. While in the studio, lewis read some work and talked about her box set trilogy, a three-part project that engages with pop music as memory device and formal procedure, reconsiders “the confessional” as a poetic mode, and delves into female family history in poems that are by turns performative, intertextual, and intensely sonic. We’re lucky to present this conversation here as a PennSound podcast. 

erica lewis lives in San Francisco, where she works as a fine arts publicist. Her books include the precipice of jupiter, camera obscura (both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein), murmur in the inventory, and daryl hall is my boyfriend, book one in the box set trilogy. mary wants to be a superwoman,book two in the trilogy, is forthcoming from Jack White’s Third Man Books in 2017. Recent chapbooks have appeared from Belladonna, Lame House Press, and After Hours/The Song Cave. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Christy Davids is an assistant editor at The Conversant. She cocurates the Philadelphia-based reading series Charmed Instruments, and collects recordings at poetry//SOUNDS. Some of her work can be found in VOLT, Open House, Boog City, Bedfellows, the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet, and elsewhere; her chapbook “on heat” is forthcoming from BOAAT Press. — Julia Bloch