Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? At what age did you start writing? Have you always written poetry? Who/what first inspired you to start writing? Who are your favorite poets?
I started off on Poe before moving onto Cummings, William Carlos Williams, Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Gregory Corso. I didn’t tell anyone I knew personally that I wrote until I began submitting my work for publication at the age of 34 which was only 2 years ago.
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?
An idea will pop into my head and I’ll think I can turn it into something more by expanding on just a few lines later. I always carry a little notebook and a pen around for just such occasions.
Your debut chapbook “A Curmudgeon Is Born” was recently published through Yellow Chair Press. Can you give us some insight into this this collection?
The poems in the book are intended to spiral out and “into the Truth.” The book is about the misled lives we lead, being the outsider in a land of disillusioned maniacs, and the importance of the Truth within the Spiral.
Do you have any other projects in the works at the moment?
I have at least 7 other projects I’m working on right now. I’ve just recently decided to pick one, stick to it, and get it completed. Right now the only fully edited chapbook I have is titled “Your Noisy Eyes” which finished in 3rd place in The Bitchin’ Kitsch’s Annual Chapbook Competition. I foresee myself taking some time off of submitting to journals in order to fully edit a few of these books and begin submitting them. The other week I counted how many books I had ready to begin typing up and editing throughout all of the notebooks I’ve filled during my life and there were at least, 37 of them (not notebooks, but books within notebooks ready to be typed up) so I’ve got a lot of typing and editing to do.
Are you on Facebook or Twitter or any other social media? Does that fit into your writing life, and if so, how?
I am on Facebook but horribly inept concerning all things computer. I use Facebook to promote my writing. Other than that, I can’t stand all this social media stuff.
Do you have a writing group or community of writers you share your work with? Who are they? What are you reading right now?
I just finished Sarah Frances Moran’s new book “Evergreen” (due out July 1st from Weasel Press) yesterday which was amazing. This was having after read Dustin Pickering’s new chapbook “Salt and Sorrow” which is about as deep of a book as you can possibly find. I’m also reading Clifford Brooks “The Draw of Broken Eyes and Whirling Metaphysics.” On top of that I just received Alan Britt’s “Infinite Days” which I cannot wait to fully dive into.
What words of encouragement can you offer other poets who are trying to get their work noticed?
Just be True to yourself and the world as you see it. If you write the Truth and don’t worry about what other people think of it, you can accomplish great things if you just keep working hard enough. If you are into submitting to journals, just let the rejection letters roll right off your back and keep at it. If you have something special, eventually someone will wise up to it.