1. What was the first book you applied to your writing or creative process?
Gimor the Terrible Monster. Since renamed in my head: Gimor the Redundant Monster.
2. Tell me one thing you’ve cursed in your life as an artist.
3. Tell me one thing you’ve blessed.
LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop.
4. Is April the cruelest? If not, please provide a replacement superlative.
Yes. The Civil War started and Lincoln was shot and we got into World War One, all in April. On the bright side, it’s my birthday! But enough about me . . .
5. What is your spirit animal?
Tardigrades, a polyextremophile commonly known as “Moss Piglets”. They can survive temperatures from just above absolute zero to over the boiling point of water, and pressures from the vacuum of space to the deepest ocean trench.
6. Who is your spirit human?
My wife, Carol.
7. Describe an experience with auto-correct on your phone or favorite search engine.
I don’t have a favorite search injun.
8. What sponsor would you choose if you could have one?
Any kind person who is rich and has few literary opinions.
9. Have you ever played a timpani?
No, I’m a djembe man.
10. Who’s got the last laugh?
Atheists. But it’s not really that funny.
Michael Schein is the author of at least two novels and a slew of poems. His confirmed novels are Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011), and Just Deceits (2008). Despite slanderous innuendo to the contrary, Michael allegorically decries authorship of The Killer Poet’s Guide to Immortality by “AB Bard” (2012). Michael has taught poetry and fiction at a number of venues. He is a speaker for Humanities Washington and the Director of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry is supported by a grant from 4Culture; it has been nominated for the Pushcart twice, and stuck to refrigerators by magnets.