J. A. Tyler

J. A. Tyler is the author of INCONCEIVABLE WILSON (scrambler books, 2009), SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE (ghost road press, 2010), IN LOVE WITH A GHOST (willows wept press, 2010), A MAN OF GLASS AND ALL THE WAYS WE HAVE FAILED (fugue state press, 2011), & THE ZOO, A GOING (dzanc books, 2013). His work has appeared recently with Diagram, Sleepingfish, Caketrain, Hotel St. George, elimae, & Action, Yes, among others, and he is also founding editor of mud luscious / ml press. Visit: www.aboutjatyler.com.

what are you reading now

How To Take Yourself Apart, How to Make Yourself Anew by Aaron Burch (forthcoming from PANK)

Hush Up and Listen Stinky Poo Butt by Ken Sparling (reissue forthcoming from Artistically Declined Press)

Easter Rabbit by Joseph Young (Publishing Genius Press)

In Candyland It’s Cool to Feed on Your Friends by James Chapman (Fugue State Press)

classic you’ve been meaning to read

I think I’ve read all the classics I was meaning to, and though it is perhaps not a ‘classic,’ I have been meaning to get to The Tunnel by William Gass.

last book you finished in a single sitting

both Peter Markus’s Good, Brother and The Singing Fish

also Scary, No Scary by Zachary Schomburg

book you borrowed and never returned

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

most challenging book you’ve ever read

The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You by Frank Stanford

perfect literary gift for a loved one

Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler (love as decay)

The Failure Six by Shane Jones (love as unfinished)

Dear Everybody by Michael Kimball (love as suicide)

book you’ve planted on a coffee table to impress someone

Poetry volume whatever (it didn’t do shit to impress anyone)

if you could subscribe to only one literary journal

Caketrain (their lit is always ripe always good always beautiful)

best thing you’ve read online recently

Ryan Call’s “How to Use This Guide” at Everyday Genius

most anticipated upcoming release

James Chapman’s The Rat Veda (Fugue State Press)

Shane Jones’s A Cake Appeared (Scrambler Books)

Peter Markus’s We Make Mud (Dzanc Books)

Roy Kesey’s Pacazo (Dzanc Books)

recommended reading list:

Books I Have Told My Wife to Read Because I Think She Might Like Them but She Hasn’t Yet and Probably Won’t

- Bob, or Man on Boat by Peter Markus

- Dear Everybody by Michael Kimball

- Light Boxes by Shane Jones

- Here They Come by Yannick Murphy

- Nothing in the World by Roy Kesey

- The Long Rowing Unto Morning by Norman Lock

- Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler


  1. Books are nice because they're made of paper.

    Nice interview, nice books.

    Everything is nice today.

  2. nice list, JA!

    thanks for mentioning the adp reissue of ken's book, too!