This first interview is very close to my heart because it’s with one of my friends and beautiful human being Ferni Cruz. We talked about what poetry means to us, why we write for ourselves, how we relate to our parents immigration experiences. We also talk about how our relationship to the languages that we know have changed over the years. In our conversation and our lives, we grapple with the line between theory and lived experiences in academia. How that affects our relationships with our families and what it means to use English in our poetry when it was not our mother tongues.