Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 5: Michael J. Seidlinger)

Michael J. Seidlinger is the Filipino American author of Dreams of Being (Maudlin House, 2020), My Pet Serial Killer (Cinestate/Fangoria, 2018), Falter Kingdom (Unnamed Press, 2016), The Fun We’ve Had (Lazy Fascist Press, 2014)and several other books. He has written for Buzzfeed, Thrillist, and Publishers Weekly, among other places, and has led workshops at Catapult, Kettle Pond Writer’s Conference, and Sarah Lawrence. He is a co-founder and member of the arts collective, The Accomplices, and founder of the indie press, Civil Coping Mechanisms (CCM). He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he never sleeps and is forever searching for the next best cup of coffee.

My current favorite book is: The Tenant by Roland Topor.

My current favorite film is: Sound of Metal.

My current favorite television show is: …Grogu still got me watching The Mandalorian

My current favorite musician is: CASHFORGOLD.

My current state of mind is: …I don’t know.

My current chemical romance involves: whiskey.

My current favorite phrase is: always “Are you okay?” People need to care more about people. The world’s only going to get worse.

My current least favorite phrase is: “social media.” I’m so over it. 

My current mode of transportation is: staying home.

My current favorite fast food item is: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich.

My current workout routine consists of: HIIT training/bodyweight 3-4x a week.

My current regrettable decision involves: overworking myself for so many years.

My current hopes and dreams are: [to] finish this book, publish that book. Go traveling once it is possible, get lost. Maybe live in another country for a year.

My current hobbies include: cooking.


Michael J. Seidlinger is online at

Brian Alan Ellis runs House of Vlad Press, and is the author of several books, including Sad Laughter (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018). His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Fanzine, Monkeybicycle, Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Funhouse, Heavy Feather Review, and Yes Poetry, among other places. He lives in Florida.

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