Tiffany Razzano & Yuki Jackson!

We chat with Wordier Than Thou founder Tiffany Razzano about the literary community, then talk with poet Yuki Jackson about drag queens, The Battleground, performing, and much more. 

Full Transcript

More from Tiffany:

Florida Writers Project

More from Yuki:

Her Website

Yuki’s poem “So Fly” in Cosmonauts Avenue

“Tampa poet Yuki Jackson steps forward to reclaim her body and amplify her voice” in Creative Loafing

Notable Quotable

“I respond to a poet who figures out what their style is, and then owns that. It can be weird and quirky, but as long as they’re owning the space and the time.  I’ve seen poets that are kind of like reluctant to be up in front of people and it doesn’t seem like it’s respectful to their work. So whatever you’re going to do, just own it. I don’t love my voice. I don’t love how I sound, but I know that If I’m going to be giving a reading that I have to make it worth it.”  – Tyler

“I couldn’t even afford to live in the community that I was covering. Actually, I lived in like, a trailer park on the outskirts of the Hamptons with like, mostly like Eastern Europeans living in it. It was a very interesting kind of place to be living, but I was always like, where am I living and who am I covering?” – Tiffany

“I really think part of the reason why I started Wordier Than Thou was because I was so bad at public speaking that I wanted to get a little bit better at that.” – Tiffany

“It’s my creative work producing these weird things that get people excited about supporting local writers. I feel like all like the best people I know I met through Wordier. It’s very gratifying, and we’re able to help get readers excited and to help writers feel a little bit reinvigorated about their work.” – Tiffany

“I think we did [virtual events] pretty early on, like, mid-March. People want it, people want to be connected. And then I think it’ll make life a little easier. When we are able to go back in person, it’ll make that transition easier for us. Having kept that connection going the entire time.” – Tiffany

“In April of 2017, there were three shootings right outside our library. Each time we had a lockdown. And each time the person who was shooting and the people getting shot up, were boys under the age of 14. During actually the first lock down, as it was all happening, I was like I need to start a youth program and name it The Battleground. I thought, you need to have martial arts, you need to have poetry. It was just all very clear.”  – Yuki

“There’s something about drag queens and culture that is so empowering to anybody who’s ever felt disempowered or slighted or in any way or marginalized. To me, the fact that it’s men who are celebrating and reveling in femininity, is so revolutionary and so powerful.”  – Yuki

“I didn’t know what I was doing. In a sense, I just cared.” – Yuki

“I’m a really big hip hop fan. I feel like I’m a poet because I can’t be like, I can’t rap. I don’t sound like a rapper.” — Yuki

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