Frankie Drayus

Location Los Angeles
Occupation writer / teacher
Website http://

About Me

I have poems and short stories appearing or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, diode, Third Coast, Boxcar Poetry Review, Per Contra (short fiction contest winner), poemeleon, Barrow Street, Passages North (finalist in Just Desserts Short Fiction Contest), CRATE, and Art/Life Ltd. Editions, which also published a piece of my collage art. My poetry manuscript (Which begins as a color unless it begins as a sound) was a runner-up for Marsh Hawk Press and a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award. After living and working in several coastal cities and one island country, I graduated from the MFA program in Creative Writing at New York University. I live and teach in Los Angeles, where I am currently Poet in Residence at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center. I co-curates The Third Area: Poetry @ PHARMAKA, a new reading series held monthly in a downtown Los Angeles art gallery. You can find out more info about the series here:

Why do you write?

i'll fill this in soon

Any favorite authors? Books?

provisional answer for now:
Ondaatje -- poetry/prose/everything, really, but especially "In the Skin of a Lion." "The Pillow Book of Sei-Shonagon." Jeanette Winterson's "Art Objects." Borges. Lorrie Moore. Baricco's "Silk," and also "Oceansea." Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities." "Seven Gothic Tales," by Isak Dinesen. Anne Carson, especially "Autobiography of Red." All those sensuous food/eating/life essays by MFK Fisher. Gertrude Stein, especially "Tender Buttons," but also several essays and portraits. Hemingway - "The Sun Also Rises," and many of his short stories. I know that's a predictable answer but his characters are so sharp, unapologetic & memorable. Much work by Alice Fulton,Dylan Thomas, E.E. Cummings, & Francis Ponge. Calvert Watkins' "Dictionary of Indo-European Roots." Just recently got introduced to some short pieces by Gary Lutz and am loving them. I'll stop there for now.

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Morgan Harlow – Mar 25, 2009

Hi Frankie,

I'm remembering that cool story you had in Per Contra, "The Audrey Me"

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