Kris Hall Answers Our Questions!



What is your favorite breakfast food?

If I’m on my way to work and can handle the guilt early on, I’d say it’s a greasy BBQ burrito from Alfi’s Food & Deli in Denny Triangle. It’s my favorite brand of comfort food.

Tell us a bit about your work in REALITY BEACH.

“Rain by Ryuichi Sakamoto” speaks on what I feel as an inability to form solid and consistent bonds with people. Looking back at old toxic friendships that have ended, but still occasionally missing them. Missing parts of myself even.

I see “Eureka! Synecdoche” as a conversation about privilege between two individuals. One who is too hedonistic and distracted by their own life to accept its existence, and the other being far too passive and unaffected to construct a viable response or argument. Like, this conversation should be going somewhere. There should be an “ah-ha!” moment, but it’s falling flat and is a total disservice.

What is your creative process?

First, I come up with a theme and sit on it for a week or so, maybe repeat a line or two in my head to attain the tone I want to go for. I may even find a song I like and listen to it a thousand times until I have the right “color palette” in mind. Then I read a couple of short story collections that have bits of magical realism or imaginative horror and more poetry, poetry, poetry. Eventually down the line I have a panic attack that busts open this dam and then all of a sudden I have a stack of poems I’m going to obsess over and scrap 75% of and edit and submit compulsively and sometimes I accidentally submit before the editing has happened and then more anxiety.

Where would you like to be at the end of the universe?

Not vaping.

What is your favorite part about being human?

I’m appreciative for my senses.

What do you rule over?

Philly Cheesesteaks.

How can we support you and buy more of your work?

Previous chapbooks are out of print but if you see something you like, feel free to share it with all the exclamation points your heart can muster.

What is your daily motivation?

Philly Cheesesteaks.

Anything coming up in the near future?

SEATTLE: I organize and co-host the variety lit. series Ogopogo with Bryan Edenfield (Babel/Salvage). We have a show at Vermillion on 11/16/16.

Who is your alter ego?

The frog that stays a frog even after you kiss it.

Be sure to check out Kris’s poems in Issue Three!