Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 28: Noah Cicero)

Noah Cicero

NOAH CICERO grew up in a small town near Youngstown, Ohio, but currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. The movie made from his first book, The Human War (Fugue State, 2003), won the 2014 Beloit Film Festival award for Best Screenplay. His debut poetry collection, Bipolar Cowboy (Lazy Fascist, 2015), was voted one of the best books on Goodreads in 2015. His latest novel, Las Vegas Bootlegger: Empire of Self-Importance (Trident, 2020) is out now, and his next poetry collection, Noah Cicero’s Wild Kingdom (House of Vlad, 2021), is forthcoming.

My current favorite book is: The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is about a guy who gets drunk and ruins everything.

My current favorite film is: Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight.

My current favorite actor: Shu-Qi.

My current favorite television show is: The Mandalorian. I don’t want to live in this galaxy anymore—I want someone to give me a quest and a helmet.

My current favorite musician is: Ivette Young from Covet. She plays with her fingers.

My current state of mind is: …my stomach is making funny noises.

My current chemical romance involves: CBD oil, Relief Elixir (I suggest it to everyone). Valerian tea also.

My current favorite quote is: “When you mess with the bull, you get the horns.”

My current mode of transportation is: a 2003 Toyota Corolla.

My current favorite fast food item is: Einstein bagels.

My current workout routine consists of: pushups, hiking, and tennis. I do not know how to keep score in tennis—my friend and I hit the ball back and forth for an hour.

My current regrettable decision involves: …in March I got laid off and immediately got a job instead of taking the unemployment. I actually made less money working than not working. I quit that job anyway because an asshole kept spraying Lysol at me.

My current hopes and dreams are: [to] learn how to play The Mandalorian theme on guitar.

My current projects/hobbies include: …I want to survive COVID, and buy a bed and dresser.


Noah Cicero 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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