Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 3: Nathaniel Kennon Perkins)


Nathaniel Kennon Perkins is the author of the novel Wallop (House of Vlad, 2020), the short story collection The Way Cities Feel to Us Now (Maudlin House, 2019), the short novel Cactus (Trident Press, 2018), and the ongoing literary zine series Ultimate Gospel. His creative work has appeared in Triquarterly, Berfrois, Keep This Bag Away From Children, American West, Timber Journal, and others. He runs Trident Press. 

My current favorite book is: Caca Dolce by Chelsea Martin. I loved it, and the artistic inspiration I’ve felt from that has carried me through the past week or so. Damn, what a good book.

My current favorite film is: The Man Who Knew Too Little (dir. Jon Amiel, 1997) starring Bill Murray.

My current favorite television show is: Curb Your Enthusiasm, but it makes me so anxious that I have to pause it and pace around until I think I’ve calmed down enough to be able to handle it again. 

My current favorite musician is: Merle Haggard. 

My current state of mind is: surprisingly posi. I’ve been skateboarding a lot again. I suck at it. I’ve always sucked at it, but it’s the best free thing to do as long as there isn’t snow on the ground. I’ve been feeling like any day I get my board under my feet is a good day, and I’ve had a lot of good days lately. Once winter actually starts to hit I might be fucked, but I hope not.

My current chemical romance involves: …one thing about the pandemic is that I quit doing most drugs and I’m barely drinking. I quit smoking too, for maybe the ninth time, but I still use nicotine in the form of 6mg Wintergreen ZYN nicotine pouches. The combo of a ZYN pouch and coffee or yerba mate.

My current favorite quote is: “Where can I get copies of your books?”

My current mode of transportation is: a 1994 Ford Ranger with 182,000 miles. 4 cylinders so it struggles uphill, but I just drove it to southern New Mexico and back with no major problems. It doesn’t have power steering though, so my arms are all strong from parallel parking.

My current favorite fast food establishment is: Wack Arnold’s. Always. The Nate Perkins value meal is two cheeseburgers, a hot and spicy McChicken, and a large Coke.

My current workout routine consists of: a skate park, and stretching, and sometimes going hunting with my cousin’s husband who likes to hike superfast straight up the sides of mountains.

My current regrettable decision involves: about six dumb tattoos.

My current hopes and dreams are: that it won’t be too long until I can get a COVID vaccine and start seriously traveling again. I’d like to go on a big, long reading tour with stops in all the cities that my friends live in. Then I want to go hang out in Barcelona and Berlin and Mexico City.

My current projects/hobbies include: a novel and a screenplay that are taking me forever to get a handle on, plus I’m always doing stuff for Trident Press.


Nathaniel Kennon Perkins 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. Find him online here.

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