The Questionless Books Interview: Poet and Event Magazine Editor Nikki Reimer
In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales/publicity/production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.
Nikki Reimer’s works include [sic] (Frontenac, 2010); shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert award, and the chapbooks that stays news (Nomados 2011), haute action material (Heavy Industries 2011) and fist things first (Wrinkle 2009). She is currently Managing Editor of EVENT Magazine. Reimer chronicles the East Van Cats, edits Van City Kitty on VancouverisAwesome.com and divides her time between East Vancouver, New Westminster and nikkireimer.com.
I am...a writer, poet ([sic]), Managing Editor (EVENT), Web Editor (Van City Kitty), hack this-and-that.
I am known to...write snarky poetry, bitter Tweets, vitriolic Facebook posts.
I do this in...aged sweatpants.
I do this because...I’m an angry person.
I do this when I...need to voice my impotent rage.
The way I do this is...by channeling 13 years of Catholic school, a couple of mental disorders, a generally cantankerous disposition and one dead Ukrainian grandmother.
At his/her core, a Writer is...approximately 375 degrees Farhenheit.
As opposed to an Author, who is...slightly cooler.
A Writer is responsible for...the work itself.
As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for...crafting the persona behind the work.
At its core, Publishing is...the creation and maintenance of the platform for the work.
As opposed to Editing, which is...the shaping and fine tuning of the work.
A Publisher should always...keep one eye firmly focussed towards the public.
As opposed to an Editor, who should always...keep both eyes on the text.
A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is...still a draft.
As opposed to a Book that's ready to be read by others, which is...nearly finished.
A Manuscript should always...be open to metamorphosis.
As opposed to a Book, which should always...be unified.
At its core, Bookselling is...the transfer of thought to the marketplace.
As opposed to Book Marketing, which is...the selling of dreams to the reader.
The smallest unit of narrative is...the atom.
The biggest reason to anticipate the future is...its inevitability.
The biggest reason to be scared of the future is...the collapse of everything.
In the future we will all...download text directly to our cerebral cortexes.
At his/her core, a Reader is...one who is willing to get lost in the text.
However, the ideal Reader is...still able to read critically.