Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 84: Jordan Castro)

Jordan Castro

JORDAN CASTRO is the author of The Novelist: a Novel (Soft Skull Press, 2022) and two poetry books. He is from Cleveland, Ohio.

My current favorite things to read is: The Psalms and Walter Pearce’s substack.

My current favorite thing to watch is: Eric Buggenhagen’s YouTube channel.

My current favorite thing to listen to is: “Dean Kissick” by Blaketheman1000.

My current state of mind is: tired, grateful.

My current chemical romance involves: L-Theanine and coffee, which my wife and I call “partying.”

My current words of wisdom are: …I’m thinking about that line in proverbs, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.” It’s always makes me grin a little.

My current mode of transportation involves: my 2021 Nissan Kicks.

My current favorite fast food item is: [a] Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich (extra pickle). 

My current workout routine consists of: [a] five-day split: chest/triceps; legs; [rest]; shoulders/upper back; back/biceps; [miscellaneous]; [rest]. I usually throw in another bench press session on shoulder day, and have been doing an extra 100 lateral raises each night with 10lb dumbbells.

My current regrettable decision involves: not making/saving more money.

My current hopes and dreams are: to sell a lot of copies of The Novelist.

My current projects include: my next novel, Muscle Man.


Jordan Castro is on Instagram 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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