Meet Your Barista: Adrian @ HB-Douglass Loop
It’s easy to see why Adrian makes a great manager: he’s hard to ruffle, encouraging and one of the nicest people you’ll meet.
Georgia, Adrian’s former manager at Vint, had to brag on him, “Adrian is not only an amazing Manager & Barista, but he also wrote a book!”
When you stop by HB-Douglass Loop, make sure you ask Adrian about his poetry – he’s an extremely talented writer. His collections of poems will inspire you!
How long have you been working at HB?
A year and a half. I started as a barista at the legendary Chenoweth Lane store, and moved to Vint (our location in the Clifton neighborhood) when an Assistant Manger position opened up there. I have been Store Manager at The Loop since April 2018.
Louisville Native or Transplant?
Transplant. I moved here with my partner a year and a half ago, a day before my first day at Heine Brothers’. Before Louisville I lived in Lexington for four years, and Lubbock, TX for two years before that. Originally I’m from North Dakota, which I consider home.
What do you like to do in your spare time, when you’re not working at Heine Bros.?
When I’m not at The Loop, I am probably writing, at the gym, or at home being terrorized by my two cats. I’ve always got a few writing projects going at once. I’m a columnist at Queer Kentucky, and a contributing editor at a queer-and-trans-run small press and arts organization based in Brooklyn, NY, called The Operating System (an incredible organism that is doing incredible work). I curate a project called “Field Notes”–a cross-disciplinary web series where artists, authors, and creative practitioners from all variety of fields shine a light behind the curtain on their creative practice. It’s quite inspiring. I am also currently working on a second collection of poems.
You are a published poet – can you tell us a little bit about your work?
I’d love to. In broad strokes, you could say that my poetry seeks to give voice to the aspects of experience that slip through the cracks of everyday speech, that can only be reached through image, sound, metaphor. Poetry, to me, also has a transcendent or redemptive element; it elevates and illuminates everyday objects, thoughts, feelings, so that they can be seen and felt in a new or different way. I’m not a religious person, but the practice of writing or reading poetry, for me, has always had this almost-mystical dimension. And also a critical capacity: by restructuring language, poetry pushes against the habits/customs of of thought and language that structure our experience of the world.
Can you talk a little bit about your influences?
As far as influences, there are quite a few poets and thinkers who have influenced my work, in one way or another. This list is by no means comprehensive, and the names are listed in no particular order: Lucie Brock-Broido, Tessa Rumsey, Carl Jung, Judith Butler, Charles Baudelaire, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marina Tsvetaeva, Soren Kierkegaard, Theodor Adorno, Thomas James, Marya Hornbacher, M.J. Gette, Natalie Eilbert, Jay Besemer. More recent obsessions include: Elæ [Lynne desilva Johnson], torrin e. greathouse, Danez Smith, Jos Charles, Daniel Simko.
How long have you been writing poetry and how did you discover that talent?
I’ve been writing poetry for as long as I could lift a pen. I would send poems via snail mail to extended family members, people I met at summer camp, really anyone who would read them (the poor bastards). I’m pretty sure there are still a few floating around somewhere that are 20 years old or older.
What inspires you, writing-wise?
My writing is inspired by a lot of things: others’ poetry, philosophy, visual art/artists, art history, my own emotional history/memories, and words themselves.
What is one piece of advice you wish you had told when you were younger?
Wow, that is a tough question. Haha. I guess one piece of advice I wish I’d been given (or listened to), cliche as it sounds, is to be who you are and do what you love, unapologetically. As long as you aren’t harming yourself or others, this is all anyone can and should ask.
You’ll have a new published collection – tell us a little bit about that!
On my website (adriansilbernagel.com) you can find links to journals where my poems have been published. You can also find a link to order my book, Transitional Object, which is also available for purchase at both locations of Carmichael’s Bookstore.
Do you have any pets? We love pet photos….
Yes! I have two cats (pictured above). Flower, who is a little over a year old, and who is very kind, serious and shy; and his little sister Walnut (Wally for short), who’s an extremely rambunctious, extremely affectionate little terror.
Favorite HB drink & why?
My favorite Heine Brothers’ drinks include our Nicaragua coffee, our Christmas blend “Ugly Sweater Blend”, and the Unwashed Ethiopia Sidama. I also love our Nitro Cold Brew, and I love me an iced latte made with whole milk or soy.