JS: Everything but the Kitchen Sink (Ben and Jerrys)
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
JS: Tallahassee Memorial Hospital--it's cool because it had a program where dogs sniff for cancer, but cooler because it's where my son, Morrison, was born.
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
JS: I suppose one could argue Eleanor was president (acting) before Ellen--but Ellen had the vote of the people--so she wins on that count. To my mind Angela trumps them both because she's from Bama.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
JS: Cast an elaborate spell. It worked. This man I was sweet on wrecked his truck in the ditch outside my house--creating the opportunity for me to snag him like a jackrabbit and marry him
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
JS: Hydro-fern. You spray it at any hydro-fracking outfit and the wells go "poof"--just like that they turn into angel haired ferns.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
JS: I Believe in Everything (JJ Grey & Mofro version):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgZM1VM7WIg
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
JS: No one's ever asked me what should be done about cops killing unarmed men. I think we should write about it, sing about it, video it, paint it, perform it, compose it, photograph it, sculpt it, remember it, consider it, and protest it until we've collectively shamed the reckless act right out of existence.
Jane Springer's authored two collections of poetry, Dear Blackbird, (Agha Shahid Ali Prize, 2007) and Murder Ballad (Beatrice Hawley Award, 2012). Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, an NEA fellowship, and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among others. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Hamilton College, in upstate New York, where she lives with her husband, son, and their two dogs, Leisure-Lee and Azalea.