An interview with Billeh Nickerson

Today from the Archive is an interview from Issue #7 of Pulp with Kwantlen Creative Writing Department Head, Billeh Nickerson.

There’s a real sense of the bizarre in your work. What is it that attracts you to the weird or absurd imagery of, say, the two dildos rinsing in a sink?

Images and situations can resonate for a whole bunch of reasons, quite often because they’re absurd or peculiar or even shocking. I blame my mother’s side of the family. She had eight siblings in her family. All my aunts and uncles and grandparents loved to people watch, to just watch people and be really intrigued by situations, what they were wearing and the interpersonal dynamics. I think that way of viewing of the world is a big part of how I developed my voice.

I’ve always loved seeing things that are unexpected. It’s a big aesthetic in my work.”


Check out the full interview here.