I am a Poet: Francxs Gufan Nan

Francxs Gufan Nan smiling, sitting on the steps of an Isaiah Zagar mosaic

francxs gufan nan (南顧凡) is almost 30 and an emerging poet. Their recent work appears in Artblog, and received 2nd prize in the 2019 Music Writing Challenge. Follow their bookstagram at @franmeetsbooks, or lurk on their Poetry Twitter lurkings at @nancesfran.

What are you eating for comfort?

Now that I’m home in California for the rest of quarantine, I’m eating lots of my parents’ cooking. We’re all unsophisticated chefs, so whether it’s avocado spread on cranberry mantou buns, or panfried salmon with hummus, I still savor the love in every bite with good humor.

What are you binge watching? re-watching?

Whatever’s queued up on the Roku! We snuggle up as a family and take turns picking movies every night.

What was the last thing that made you smile or laugh?

Being roasted (lovingly) by my best friend over FaceTime

What is a poem you’d like to share with our readers?

My poem, balding haibun. And José Olivarez reading “I Loved the World So I Married It” for “Ours Poetica:”

Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers?

Now’s the time to strengthen your communities of care. Isolation can really f*ck with your brain and sense of self: reach out, and let yourself be surprised by who can support you right now.