Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 77: Aimee Parkison)

Aimee Parkison

AIMEE PARKISON’s newest book Suburban Death Project, published by Unbound Edition Press, is a collection of stories about people who haunt each other while still alive. Parkison is the author of 7 books. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, in translation in Italian, and in the Best Small Fictions. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma State University.

My current favorite things to read are: stories that remind me people invent themselves.   

My current favorite thing to watch is: a vanished world as seen on retro TV—anything involving phones with cords, record players, VHS players, and old box televisions. 

My current favorite thing to listen to is: accidental music in overlay—crow caws over lawn mowers, laughter in elevators, traffic in thunder. 

 My current state of mind is: existential crisis meets gratitude for being alive.  

My current chemical romance involves: …just one? 

My current words of wisdom are: …there is no such thing as wisdom, only timing. 

My current mode of transportation is: affordable. 

My current favorite fast food item is: fried mushrooms.

My current workout routine consists of: jumping invisible rope.

My current regrettable decision involves: trying to do too much while not doing enough. 

My current hopes and dreams are: [that] my nightmares will become surrealist landscapes where all that is terrifying is beautiful.  

My current hobbies include: collecting photographs of strangers and pretending we are family. 


Aimee Parkison 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) and Hobbies You Enjoy (serialized daily on Instagram: @hobbiesyouenjoy). His writing has appeared at Juked, Hobart, Fanzine, Monkeybicycle, Electric Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, X-R-A-Y, Heavy Feather Review, and Yes Poetry, among other places. He lives in Florida.

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