Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born in the 50’s and was brought up in the small New Hampshire town of Hampton, along the Atlantic Ocean. After spending years in the military, I drove long haul trucks for many years. Writing has always been a part of my life.
At what age did you start writing?
I started writing at the age of 12 or 13. I had gotten a guitar and while learning to play, decided to write my own songs. Have you always written poetry? No, starting with song lyrics, I also enjoyed writing short stories which then slowly developed into an absolute life long obsession with poetry.
Who/what first inspired you to start writing?
Who are your favorite poets?
Edgar Allan Poe, Leonard Cohen, Charles Bukowski, Sylvia Plath.
How do you first start writing a poem? Does it come to you out of the blue, or do you have a set time where you meet with your Muse each day and let the words just … come? Has your idea of what poetry is changed since you began writing poetry?
I have often said, my muse knows no clock, nor any subjective inspiration. There are times when I simply cannot stop writing, and then others when I despise even writing my name. It comes when it comes, it might be a picture, an article, a TV show, or a simple conversation with someone….and suddenly, it’s time to write. I do not WRITE with pen or paper….I use my computers, PC or laptop to write everything….I use a small recorder which goes with me everywhere to record thoughts, phases, ideas, etc…
Are you on Facebook or Twitter or any other social media? Does that fit into your writing life, and if so, how?
Yes, I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc. I use them to promote poems, celebrate publishing successes, keeping in touch with my friends, and to store many poems in a Facebook page. I do this in case my hard drive crashes, I can always get to my work through Facebook.
Do you have a writing group or community of writers you share your work with? Who are they? What are you reading right now?
Yes, I’m a member of several Poetry and Writing Groups, the main one is “Contemporary Poets, Works, Projects, News, Links & Sites” of which I was Co-Editor of the new poetry Anthology, “Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze” available at Amazon.com. The book contains works from 53 new and established poets all from the Group. I’m currently reading “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. I started reading it years ago, but never finished.
What words of encouragement can you offer other poets who are trying to get their work noticed?
I think the best encouragement I can give is….write for yourself before anyone or anything else. YOU are your own worst critic and your best cheerleader. Join reputable Facebook Poetry Groups that you feel you can trust posting the labor of your love. Go to the journal, magazine, blog you wish to submit to and take some time there reading their guidelines and past issues of what they have been publishing.