Gus Jensen was born in Detroit, Michigan, but spent his childhood in the wilderness, near Cadillac, and the Pine River. He attended Michigan State University, initially studying psychology but made the fool move of changing majors to English, dooming him to a life of often frustrating, low-paying jobs, from dishwasher, waiter, to sommelier and library assistant. He moved to Baltimore on a whim, without a job or a direction. His poetry often deals with the teenage mythology of growing up; of cars, sex and cigarettes, but also of the landscape of the lakes, forests and fields of northern Michigan, and no doubt a novel would also embody some of these things, if he ever gets around to writing one. He has thus far been too neurotic to submit any poems for publication, or anything else, for that matter.
- Hiking, wilderness, comic books and animation, cooking, old pinball machines, insanity, collecting records, museums, art, growing cacti, furry fandom.
- Favorite noveling music:
- 50s Jazz, things without vocals, Brian Eno
- Favorite books or authors:
- D. H. Lawrence, Saki, Somerset Maugham, Joyce Carol Oates, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Donald Barthelme, Anne Sexton, Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Gary Paulsen, Sherwood Anderson, Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Kobo Abe, Yukio Mishima, Franz Kafka, Theodore Dreiser, George Perec...