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’m a 26 year old word artist hailing from lush, green Eugene, Oregon. I am also a student and activist. I started writing at age 25 after I was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. I was inspired to write poetry as a means of catharsis in dealing with my disorder. I also grew up reading constantly and felt like it was my turn to write my own stories/poems. My favorite poets are Edgar Allan Poe and 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 first start writing a poem with a single word or emotion. I form an entire poem around this word/emotion and try to tell a bit of a story in the process. My idea of poetry has come a long way in this short year that I have been writing. I first started writing only metered poetry, and now I only write prose and free verse. I find that I am able to “get more juice” out of the batteries of free verse.
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, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, and I have a website at www.AdamLevonBrown.org where I offer resources for other poets. I do most of my writing on a computer and I often send in poems for publication right after writing them. I use social media to bring more attention to my poems after they have been published.
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 sometimes share my work with the Google + community, “Poets Dream,” but mostly I keep my work to myself until it is published.
What words of encouragement can you offer other poets who are trying to get their work noticed?
Write, Write, Write. You are not damaged, and your only curse is that you must write! Embrace the words falling around your head like snowflakes and make a snowman.