Nathan Leslie Interviews Reuben Jackson
Before the publication of "Scattered Clouds" in October, Nathan Leslie sat down with Reuben Jackson to discuss his work in literature and music.
"I’ve been a music chaser all my life. When I was in grade school, I secretly longed to, say, write liner notes for albums. I’d also conduct fantasy interviews with my favorite artists. I never imagined that I would work with Duke Ellington’s papers for 20 years, for example...Some of my reviews make me wince like old high school photos. But like anything, you do your best. And hopefully grow."
The wonderful author and literary citizen, Nathan Leslie, sat down with Reuben Jackson before the October release date of Jackson's new collection Scattered Clouds for a brief interview. In the interview, Leslie asked Reuben about his poetic method, his love for all things music, and many other aspects of his portfolio in the arts. In the final exchange Reuben hints at what might be next for him. There is an endearing connection between interviewer and interviewee in this one. It's not to be missed. Read the full interview Here.
Leslie conducted this interview under the Maryland Literary Review which is, as a literary entity, just sort of hitting the scene. Though they are still young, MLR has a smashing name and is producing quite a lot of good content including an innovative idea to publish inexpensive e-chapbooks. Charles Rammelkamp reviewed Melanie's Song for them earlier this month.