Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Dirty Dozen, with Andrew Faulkner

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Andrew Faulkner

Andrew Faulkner is the author of Need Machine (Coach House Books), a brand new collection that should soar to the top of your National Poetry Month reading pile.

With lines like "I've strapped dynamite to your heart / and jammed a bit between your teeth. How bored you must have been/ before you met me", Andrew is fast gathering praise from critics and readers. The follow-up to his chapbook Useful Knots and How to Tie Them, Need Machine is a witty, cheeky and suddenly insightful addition the poetry section of your favourite bookstore.

For our Dirty Dozen series, Andrew shares twelve unexpected facts about himself, roaming from marriage advice to ghosts and from movie doppelgängers to headbutts.

  1. At the hungry age of two I unscrewed and swallowed one of the bolts that secures the toilet to the floor and I think this explains a great deal about my aesthetic.
  2. People say marrying another writer is a bad idea, but, Q: what do other people know? (A: Nothing.)
  3. Tony Fernandez, Dave Stieb and Roberto Alomar, in that order.
  4. My poem “Chorus” is a funny one in that, haha, it took me a long while to figure out how to end it, and once I did, I was horrified to learn that I’d actually just stolen lines from a poem of Leigh’s. Sorry, Leigh.
  5. I do not miss opportunities to plug with little or no shame projects that are both work (A-frame Content) and non-work (The Emergency Response Unit) related.
  6. I did not believe in ghosts until I worked at an old jail turned youth hostel and now I believe in ghosts.
  7. The best part about that time I made mead was having one of the batches describes as “Tastes like nachos!” and the worst part was accidentally getting locked in a bee farmer’s garage with a bunch of his bees because oh, right, I’m allergic to bee stings.
  8. You will know I am clinically dead when I decide not to attend a !!! concert and if I’m still moving around and acting like normal, don’t be fooled, I am in fact dead, so please just bury me.
  9. I have half a fake tooth on account of being headbutted at a house party in high school, and before spitting it out I thought my newly liberated half tooth was an especially tough cornnut so I chewed it for a bit.
  10. I am physically unable to say the word “No” so please don’t ask me to help you move.
  11. So this one time I was walking home late at night and bumped into four people who insisted that I look like that guy from Red Eye and then insisted I come to their house and watch the movie with them, which I did, and given that I don’t really look like that guy, which they slowly realized by looking at the screen, and then at me, and then at the screen, and then at me, it was about as awkward as you’d expect.
  12. It’s not you, it’s just that this is the last entry. But we can still be friends, right?


Andrew Faulkner co-curates The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press. His poems have been published in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011, and his chapbook Useful Knots and How to Tie Them was shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. He lives in Toronto.

For more information about Need Machine please visit the Coach House Books website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

Check out all the Dirty Dozen interviews in our archives.

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