David Estringel On Books And Writing

Taylor Dibbert
3 min readSep 3

For my latest author interview, I turned to David Estringel.

Our exchange, which has been edited, is below.

Blood Honey” was released in January of last year. Would you tell me a little bit about it?

“Blood Honey” is the second poetry collection that I published (first with Anxiety Press). It is a direct result of a long, angsty struggle with the passing of my mother in 2020.

I guess you could say that I was stuck vacillating between anger and depression (in terms of ‘stages of grief’) and the pieces in it are pretty reflective of that. It has a touch of everything in it that (in the past) I used to engage in to avoid pain (i.e. drugs, sex, self-harm, and isolation).

A lot of said chaos is put within the context of toxic relationships, but I feel like they were more projections of a more internal struggle. This book is actually my favorite as it is [the] realization of my ‘dream’ as a MFA student. I was asked one day in class what I aspired to accomplish as a writer, and my answer was that I wanted to publish a book that people thought was pure filth but that they secretly stashed under their drivers’ seats along with their empty travel-sized bottles of booze and Altoids tins packed [with] Zig-Zags and half-smoked blunts.

Recently, a client’s mother researched me and bought “Blood Honey,” and emailed my boss that it was “pure filth.” The book is actually pretty restrained, so it isn’t really “pure filth.” Filth, maybe. I did good.

How did you go about getting the book published?

I actually had had some poetry pieces, which are included in “Blood Honey,” published by A Thin Slice of Anxiety (Anxiety Press) and thought that they would be a great choice in terms of getting the manuscript published. The content seemed to be ‘up their alley’ and they appreciated my work, so I contacted them and arranged to have them take a look.

When Cody Sexton contacted me back and said they wanted to publish it, I was ecstatic and jumped right in. After “Blood Honey” was published, I also published “Cold Comfort House” with Anxiety Press and will soon have my fifth book “Blind Turns in the Kitchen Sink” published with them as well.

Taylor Dibbert

Taylor Dibbert is a writer, journalist, and poet. He’s author of the Peace Corps memoir “Fiesta of Sunset," and the forthcoming poetry collection "Home Again."