Hannah Rego is a writer from Louisville, Kentucky. They are a founding editor of ctrl+v, a journal of collage, and an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Arizona starting fall 2019. Their work appears or is forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry vol. 3, Ninth Letter, BOOTH and elsewhere.
Here’s Quick Temper with Hannah:
Why do you write?
Is there something else?
Who do you hope reads your work?
It used to be super primarily for other queer/trans people. & that’s still true– I know I sometimes connect with someone who really needs to hear their experience or social locatedness reflected back to them, or perhaps rearranged in a way I hope is emotionally useful. I think I’m moving away from a gender-/sexuality-centered poetic right now, & I’m not sure what is going to come next. I think I need to write for the future. With a hope that soon, there will only be more people who care enough to not make our same mi$take$.
Where does the anger in your work come from? How does it manifest?
For several years I think I had a trauma response that dulled my anger. Like totally froze that part of me that wanted to fight for my own basic autonomy, I mean like this-is-my-bubble basic boundaries. I don’t remember when I finally got angry again, but it is amazing to rage. & it’s safest on paper. I think the anger in my writing is still a quiet anger. A snark that outsmarts others’ projections onto me. But I strive for balance. I respect anger, I have a crush on anger, but I’m still not comfortable in it.
Angry book recommendations for angry readers?
Andrea Abi-Karam’s EXTRATRANSMISSON (Kelsey Street Press, 2019)– “how to become a new glitch, a new disruption?”