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Tom Malmquist

Tom Malmquist (b. 1978) is a poet. He has written two highly acclaimed poetry collections. Every Moment We Are Still Alive is his first work of prose.

"Writing for me is to be five years old and to doze off to the rattle of my dad's journalist fingers running across his IBM Selectric Typewriter. It is also to fantasize about how Ryszard Kapuscinski sat down to write the introduction to Imperium, or how W. G. Sebald finished Austerlitz, or Marguerite Duras The Lover, Goethe, Shakespeare, Elfriede Jelinek, or Calvino, Camus, Sigmund Freud, T S Eliot or Sandra who sent me a love letter over thirty years ago. It is also tangible: I write when my daughter is in kindergarten, I write for her to fall asleep and I write when she wakes up."