Tim Jones-Yelvington on Writing About Sex Through the Affect of Language
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In this episode, Tim Jones-Yelvington (Don’t Make Me Do Something We’ll Both Regret) talks to us about their new book, writing about sex, working toward accessing a more traditional narrative form, their work in social movement contribution, the influence of pop culture, their favorite camp authors, and more!
From the episode:
The type of sex or eroticized writing that I appreciate most is when there is some real heat, and I think for me to get there I don’t write it experientially, in terms of thinking about an actual encounter. I have to do something with language, where it’s like the affect of language—a poet may approach it with sound, for example. I’ll find some kind of text-generating tool, or something to get some language to play or work with that I can then charge through how it’s used.
Tim Jones-Yelvington is the author of the fiction volumes Don’t Make Me Do Something We’ll Both Regret (Texas Review Press), This is a Dance Movie! (Tiny Hardcore Press), Strike a Prose: Memoirs of a Lit Diva Extraordinaire (co•im•press), and Evan’s House and the Other Boys Who Live There (Rose Metal Press), and the poetry volumes Become on Yr Face (DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press) and Colton Behavioral Therapy (Gazing Grain Press).