In an effort to acquaint our readers with our contributors, we’ve been asking some questions. We corresponded with issue one contributor Anna Meister, and here’s what she had to say.

RB           How do you take your coffee?

AM          In large quantities with milk (sweetened condensed when I’m feeling indulgent).

RB           Tell us about the poems you’ve been writing.

AM          I wish I knew more about them. New work comes slowly in fragments through fog. I’m also putting together my MFA thesis this semester, so that’s a lot of revisiting old poems & asking new/different questions.

RB          Where can we buy some?

AM         I’ll have a chapbook available for purchase through dancing girl press in the fall. Until then, you can Venmo me for poems (srsly).


RB           What’s the last thing you burned?

AM           A candle promising joy.

RB           Where is your beach?

AM          My bed.

RB           What’s the best line on the fifth page of the poetry book closest to you?

AM          “Mostly it’s the birds who send me looking / for the lost room of your face” from “Abuelo, Mi Muerto” in Aracelis Girmay’s Kingdom Animalia. This book most through the world with me always, often the poems held nearest to my body & brain.

RB           What is your favorite dance move? Please Describe.

AM          I guess my main move involves bended knees & arms in the air while shaking my damn ass? I like to dance but can recognize that I am not a “good” dancer. It always feels as though I’m moving my body more than I actually am.

RB           What’s the ebb reveal?

AM          Whatever was patiently waiting.


Read Anna’s amazing poems in REALITY BEACH ISSUE ONE.