This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Robin Gow: One of the lines in the first poem really resonated with my own experience with gender and then understanding the complexities of gender for speakers in the book. You write, “I think I knew I was a boy / when the boy […]
KAYLEB RAE CANDRILLI is a 2019 Whiting Award Winner in poetry and the author of Water I Won’t Touch (Copper Canyon Press, 2021), All the Gay Saints (Saturnalia, 2020), and What Runs Over (YesYes Books, 2017). Candrilli was a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry and a 2017 finalist for the American Book Fest’s Best Book Award in LGBTQ Non-Fiction. They have received fellowships from Lambda Literary and are published or forthcoming in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, American Poets, TriQuarterly, Boston Review and many others. They live in Philadelphia with their partner.