Notes From Crew Quarters: Ross Gay for President
This week, Ethan Brightbill asked our editors and contributors who they would choose if they could nominate a writer to be president. The votes are in below.
Krys Malcolm Belc, Associate Fiction Editor
Mo Willems, 'cause anyone who wrote for Sesame Street knows what's up.
M. Flores, Associate Poetry Editor
Bolbi Stroganovsky has campaign experience and would honestly give the office of the presidency a much needed passionate character, and a youthful face!
Megan Martinek, Intern
Margaret Atwood even though she's almost 80... or John Stewart? He's a writer, certainly!
Jacqueline Boucher, Managing Editor
Ross Gay. To be honest, I'm not sure I want him to have the job because I'm concerned it's beneath the gentleness and kindness of his spirit. But if he did, I hope he'd run on a platform of azaleas, of ants, of feeding the hungry. I think he'd be very successful.
Hayley Fitz, Associate Fiction Editor
Ross Gay will lead us to salvation.
Jason Teal, Associate Fiction Editor
Lydia Davis's State of the Union would be impactful but brief, reaching hordes of attention-sapped millennials--they're the real problem. She also doubles as ambassador to France AND Belgium (see: translations of Proust, Blanchot, Flaubert, etc). Plus, James Franco hasn't tried to adapt anything of hers yet. She hasn't been corrupted, a career politician. She is an outsider, speaking to the whims of the people.
Deziree' A. Brown, Associate Poetry Editor
Toni Morrison, or Claudia Rankine, or Patricia Smith. Yessssss