Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 63: Laura Theobald)

Laura Theobald

LAURA THEOBALD is the author of three books of poetry—Salad Days (Maudlin House, 2021), Kokomo (Disorder Press, 2019), and What My Hair Says About You (Metatron, 2017)—plus three chapbooks. She’s an English PhD candidate at UGA in Athens and received an MFA from LSU, where she was the editor of New Delta Review. In her spare time she designs books for small press publishers. She’s on Twitter and Instagram as @lidleida. 

My current favorite thing to read is: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. It’s really good. Also, I love reading books that have been made into movies and picturing the actors while I read. I also read Fight Club and The Talented Mr. Ripley recently. 

My current favorite thing to watch is: …I’m always looking for new true crime series to freak myself out on—like American Murder—or anything cult related, like the NXIVM one or Lularich. My brain is full of paranoid garbage. 

My current favorite thing to listen to is: …my brain keeps making me listen to Neil Young lately. Like every day a new Neil Young song is playing in my head. Why is this happening? I don’t know. Something fall-like about him maybe. 

My current state of mind is: the thing of a little devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, but there’s a million of them and they’re battling each other with pitchforks. I guess? Seems not very creative. The devils are winning.  

My current chemical romance involves: sleeping too much or not enough, being addicted to toxic people, giving in to all my worst impulses. 

My current words of wisdom are: “Get ready, son.”

My current mode of transportation involves: …I live in the South, so car. 

My current favorite fast food item is: burgers.

My current workout routine consists of: having a workout routine for a few months and then not having one. 

My current regrettable decision involves: …just zoned out for a while after reading this… gonna come back to it.

My current hopes and dreams are: from the poem “Ship Poem” from my new book: “My dreams are like a passenger ship / When I am standing on the shore / And they make that groaning sound / And the sea practically parts.”

My current projects include: …just imagined a chest tattoo in gothic font that reads “Pandemic 4 Lyfe.”


Laura Theobald 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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