Interview with Michael Gizzi and Craig Watson

Michael Gizzi

Michael Gizzi

When I moved to Rhode Island in 2001 I didn’t know Michael Gizzi’s or Craig Watson’s work. Thankfully, over the course of the five years that I lived in Providence and Pawtucket I not only became familiar with their work, but also developed friendships with them. On June 9, 2006 the three of us got together for an interview at Craig’s house in Jamestown, RI. The interview was recently published in the fortieth issue of Jacket. Check out the interview here.

Craig Watson

Craig Watson

Before the interview Craig took me to his third floor writing studio and showed me how he tends to work. One thing I was interested in was what he refers to as an eccentricity. He uses specific notebooks for specific project and once he’s completed a project he can never use the same type of notebook again. In the interview you’ll notice that he mentions this practice. I wish I had taken some pictures while I was there, but I think I was too nervous. I didn’t know Craig as well as knew Michael at the time. Michael and Craig’s friendship, as you’ll see, dates back to 1976.

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