Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 30: Henry Hoke)

Henry Hoke

HENRY HOKE is the author of The Groundhog Forever (WTAW Press, 2021), the story collection Genevieves (Subito Press, 2017), and The Book of Endless Sleepovers (Civil Coping Mechanisms/The Accomplices, 2016). Recent work appears in The Offing, Electric Literature, Hobart, Carve, and the Catapult anthology Tiny Crimes. He co-created the performance series Enter>text [] in Los Angeles, and has curated events at the &Now Festival, Machine Project, the Neutra VDL House, and the Poetic Research Bureau. His play, At Sundown, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and his short film, Taking Shape, screened on HBO. Sticker, a memoir, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons. He lives in Brooklyn. 

My current favorite book is: 300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso.

My current favorite film is: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

My current favorite television show is: I May Destroy You by Michaela Coel.

My current favorite album is: Stop Suffering by Tropic of Cancer.

My current state of mind is: a muffuletta of despair with a drizzle of spicy joy.

My current chemical romance involves: what Roman Roy calls “IPAs that look like the runoff from a car wash.”

My current favorite word is: “Everglades.”

My current mode of transportation is: blue Docs and pink Timbs.

My current favorite fast food item is: …the only fast food I’ve eaten in the past decade was a McDonald’s hot apple pie I suddenly had to buy after leaving an FKA Twigs concert.

My current workout routine consists of: Ryan Heffington’s virtual sweatfests.

My current regrettable decision involves: trying to have coherent conversations with other humans.

My current hopes and dreams are: Medicare for all, reparations, debt jubilee.

My current projects include: a memoir-in-20-stickers for Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons. Feels like hotwiring a truck in a blizzard.


Henry Hoke 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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