In which we interview writers asking the same questions
asked of Ashley Tisdale by Juliette, editor of Miss O and Friends; see the
original interview here.
Close to 20 years ago, Ernest Hilbert and I attended to the same satellite Rutgers campus in Camden, NJ, but at slightly different times. People would mention Ernest to me, and people would mention me to Ernest.
It wouldn't be 10 years until we finally met. I thought it would be some diva encounter between Linda Evans and Jackie Collins, both of us sizing each other up the way writers do; instead, we just drank 100 beers and made jokes about death metal bands and our old teachers.
Ernest, or Ernie as he is known to friends, wears so many hats he qualifies as a freaking milliner. He works for Bauman's Rare Books, the antiquarian bookseller that takes those full-page ads on the backs of issues of The New York Times Book Review. He runs E-Verse, a multiplatform website empire that is email, video, and blog all wrapped in one. And he's editor of Contemporary Poetry Review, a smart, idiosyncratic publication dedicated to poetry criticism.
Oh, and he's an excellent poet. His first book, Sixty Sonnets (Red Hen Press), uses a sonnet form of his own tweaking, and name-checks everything from Zippos to Star Wars figures to Plato and Thomas Eakins. Franz Wright calls it a "touching and intelligent book." Ernest took time out from his hat-wearing to talk about important issues of the day, and we're glad he did.
Birthplace: A violent but inspiring midnight storm, in Philadelphia. “Once more to seem slight and alive / Since in lightning and rivers I began.”
You may know me because: I have a blog and vlog called E-Verse Radio, a book called Sixty Sonnets, and a tendency to be the last one at the bar still gabbing when they throw on the lights and lock the doors.
My house is: a lovely century-old brick Colonial Revival right next to the tracks that divide West Philly from South-West Philly. You get the idea. Still, it’s a place to keep my books and my cats.