Tuesday, December 31, 2013

INTERVIEW: BREE ZLEE



Name?

My name is Bree, altho i have been published with wrong-names quite often, thru the yrs. Because i decided from the get to use only my first name for poetry and music purposes, on several occasions a publisher or author will give me a last name. For example, i had a yahoomail account, a decade or so back---it was breesongs@yahoo.com and a publisher printed a poem of mine, attributing it to Bree Songs. i have been named Bree Stings, Bree Ingst, Bree Vangunten, the list goes on. My favorite---on Facebook you are required to have a first and last name. So, i stuck my middle name as a sub for my last name on Facebook:  there, i was Bree Zlee. A guy writing for the Cleveland Plain Dealer interviewed me about a late Cleveland poet, Daniel Thompson. In it, the author quotes me, and later in the article, refers to me simply as, ‘Zlee.’  He did not, and none of the people who have given me a last name ever did ask me what my last name even was. My family cracks up.


Age? i am early into my fourth decade here in this lovely earthenware bowl.

Location? i live in Cleveland Heights, ten minutes from the big city.  Ohio   U.S.A.

How long have you been writing? When i was 4 or 5 i wrote little satirical comic strips. When i was 9 i wrote stuff that would disturb anybody with a heart. By 12 i wrote poetry, and by 14 i understood that it was poetry. i have never written a short story, however a few months ago a wrote a novel---it took me seven weeks, and i really like it. it will be the first piece of writing i actually peddle in the market. Its humor, love triangle, clevelandish. Stay tuned for that.

Do you have a specific writing style? i have two syles. 1: i write like i talk, and otherwise i 2: write like i think.

Do you write as a career? i write for myself, and for my community. my community consists of poets, publishers and patrons of the small press aka independent press aka underground. Now, when i sat down and wrote a novel cover to cover in maybe 82 combined man-hours, i realized i could probably make a career out of writing novels. For novels i would want money. The crowd i want to read my novels is not limited to my community. i am talking mass-market here. i think i have found myself a niche. For this, i would not think twice about making money, whereas, the books i publish through Green Panda Press---i dont want to make money. i never have. What is nice is when i sometimes get money to buy my next ink cartridge. i have on several occasions opened my mailbox to a hundred dollar bill, around which is a folded piece of paper reading something to the tune of, “Keep doing what you are doing.” That kind of thing affords me to keep doing what i do. ive given away more books than i could sell in a lifetime, and thats how i want/need it to be, for poetry/art books.

Do you write full-time? i am what they might call prolific—if that can be taken to mean simply that i produce an abundance of writing. Some of it is grist for the mill, the rest i pass along to who’s listening.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Not succumbing to drugs, addiction, insanity, the morgue.

What is your ultimate goal as a writer? To get my words, and the words of others into hands (and/or ears).

What is your greatest challenge as a writer? Knowing when to stop writing for the day. Particularly with memoir. But oh, man, i just thought of a bigger obstacle:::: Remembering where i saved which poem. The fact that i will make a hundred different file folders on my computer and name them really obscurely, so that i have to go open each file, and dozens of documents to find the one i am looking for, i guess that’s the most ridiculous obstacle.

What projects of yours have been recently published? Memoirs like “A Leg to Stand On,” and “The Rainbow Sweater & My Mother.” They are both vignette-style recordings of my traipse through the anything-but-norm. In all of my memoirs you will find certain threads: my (awesome) marriage, my illness (boring!), but mainly the pursuit of truth and how it is to live earnest. Some of my poems go into little mags like heck, a drug im on makes it difficult to remember names, but i remember the more popular ones, the now-defunct Arthur mag, now-defunct Split Wh*skey, um defunct defunct, Ronin Press from the UK did a collection of mine called, “Let Cupid Know,” the online BigBridge, The City Poetry online, Ecstatic Peace.

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? A new memoir. I sure dont wait long. The last one arrived from printer like three weeks ago. This one features mental illness, but the narrative also weaves my usual themes: pain management, truth, honesty (not the same thing), Buddhism, daughterhood, LSD.

Where can we find your work? i think you better google. (smiles.)

       How often do you write? See above question----“Do you write full-time?”

       How do you react to rejections? Usually i dont react. Some of my best have been rejected, and some of my worst have unfortunately been printed. There was a great line in this movie i just saw called HOLY MOTORS. It said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what if there is no beholder?”

       How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? Honestly, if its a poem or a handful of poems i often forget. If its a collection though, i get real happy and then go and read the collection again and again. Until i drink a beer and get back to my senses.

       What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Really try and just write in your own voice. If you dont know what that means, or how to do it, either you are not a writer, or you are a beginner. To the beginner, id say, to find your voice write as if you have an audience of like three people you really like, and would love to just sit and BE with. If you are with people of that ilk, you will naturally be yourself. And that is the same thing as your voice. But honestly not everyone who writes is a writer. It is something you are born with, like a cleft palette.


       What is your favorite book? In Quest of Candlelighters by Kenneth Patchen, The Gift by Hafiz, d.a. levys whole shebang.

       Who is your favorite author? If you seriously mean just one, i will pick Langston Hughes, reluctantly, so reluctantly in fact i will change it to Dostoevsky.

        If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? The post man from Buk’s post office because he and i cld die laughing together and that would beat living crying.

        What is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer? Not taking the time to go get a pen and write it down.

        What is your favorite word? Sugar.

        What makes you laugh? Humanity

      What makes you cry? Chronic pain that is more like constant than chronic.

What is your preferred drink while you write? Water water water and occasionally beer.

Beach or Mountains? Mountains, big-time.

Cats or Dogs? Cats but im in the market for a mini dachshund to join my cat-pack. (i have 4 felines.)

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? John Lennon sitting in with the Stones.

Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra? Hendrix.

Shakespeare or Bukowski? Seriously? B-to-the uk.

      Anything you’d like to share about your country, its people, or native animals?     Regarding USA, i wish id have been here for the consciousness and conscientious objecting that went on during the late 50s-early 70s. The Occupy movement gained momentum, but i fear there are too many cooks and it spoils the broth. What with twitter and twatter our media has got so enormous and with so many opportunities to connect with each other we are actually less connected now. 1,000,000 gangs/groups/subsects cant really elicit a coup de ‘etat, i don’t believe.

      

INTERVIEW: SUBHANKAR DAS



Name?

Subhankar Das but sometimes I get confused why it cannot be something else, or does a name control your behavior pattern? Especially when a name means something or has a little history attached and you tend to fit in to the nuances of it? I am still confused but Subhankar Das it is anyway which my parents chose for me from the day I was born.

Age?     50

Location?

I live in a place where you can
rent a baby by the hour
and pinch their asses
to make them howl
as you approach the cars for alms
stuck on the crossroads
and waiting for the lights to go green.
I live in a place where
this poet calls up in the morning and
starts complaining about my poem
where I expressed my surprise to see my father
jerking off in his sleep.
Must be another one from the league
who burns incense sticks in front of Goddess Kali and Marx
hanging side by side on the wall.
I live in a place where the politicians
are thinking to give the place a facelift
and turn it to London.
And we at the roadside tea stalls
with local hooch mixed with orange juice
to cut down the foul smell
testing like champagne
drinking it all up
to help us through the prayer
in front of all these living legends.

Geographically it is Kolkata, India.


How long have you been writing?

A long time now…..

Do you have a specific writing style?

Do I? I am not concerned about that as long as it comes out without much effort.

Do you write as a career?
No.

Do you write full-time?

I wish I could but I also have to eat so …..

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer?

Writing accomplishment? I think making friends throughout the world and some of them even like me…can you beat it ! As I type this almost by instinct because of a bad eye problem which I am still suffering from, now almost for the last four months, I realize that writing poetry helped me to make friends who even drop in to my house to type things out, correct proofs of my poetry book and decipher from my bad long hand scripts. Of course complaining the whole time….

What is your ultimate goal as a writer?

To write and maybe meet  a fairy all of a sudden who can grant me a wish so that I can have a magic carpet and meet friends anywhere they call me without the need of feeling up gas to do it …ha ha ha…

What is your greatest challenge as a writer?

I write in a language called Bangla which is so soft and conservative that it is not always easy to express whatever I want and no quick, easy, fun way to get in some panties.

What projects of yours have been recently published?

A book of poems in Bangla. 80 pages , hard bound. Cover art was done by the Canadian artist Jocelyne Desforges. Another 32 pages mini pocket size poetry book in Bangla will come out in next two weeks. The Swedish poet and artist Henry Denander did the cover art of this book. I am honored to have such great friends.

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work?

The next project is another poetry book in English, Thieves of the Wind, jointly with the great poet Catfish Mcdaris, who is also editing this book. Because of my bad eye , I simply sent all the materials to him and man I am honored to have him as a friend though I love to call him Big Brother. We think the end result is great a real Mama Goose.

Where can we find your work?

I have a blog
http://subhankardas.wordpress.com

       How often do you write?

       All most every day. All most because sometimes it does not come out.

       How do you react to rejections?

      Rejection and ridicule will only strengthen him. And the longer
      he is held back the stronger he will become, like a mass of rising
      water against a dam. That was Buke and it happens to me as well.

       How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication?

      I smile become happy and go back to the blank paper once more.

       What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer?

       I don’t give advice because I don’t take them.

       What is your favorite book?

       Any book by Buk is good, whenever I am depressed I go back to him.

       Who is your favorite author?

       Charles Bukowski

        What is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer?

         To earn a living and still write because there is no sane way to do it. I think this was          said by a Bengali Poet Jibanananda Das who committed suicide under a tram car, man it must have been real pain when the tram dragged the body for a few blocks and then cut through.

        What is your favorite word?

        Bullshit/Beautiful. I use those words so often they , those young poets, created a publication last year called beautiful bullshit…ha ha ha …he even is doing the mini poetry book of mine this year …thank you Abhishek/

What is your preferred drink while you write?

Usually I do not drink when I write but a cup of strong black coffee is good when I can afford.

Beach or Mountains?

Mountains because I cannot swim…he he he

Cats or Dogs?

Dogs

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?

None

Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra?

Jimi Hendrix and I want to name one Bengali singer Goutam Chatterjee from the first Bengali band Mohiner Ghoraguli.

Shakespeare or Bukowski?

Ha ha Bukowski but I read Shakespeare also, cannot throw Shakespeare out of the window like Buk.


     Please provide as much or as little of the following information as you’d like.

Personal website/blog: http://subhankardas.wordpress.com


Twitter profile: 5th Monkey

Other page(s) or profile(s):



      Books for sale and/or press By the Banks of the Ajoy, Jaideb Vanishes into the Blue


      Anything else you’d like to share about yourself, your country, its people, or native animals?

Elephants do not run on the streets anymore neither the kings ride on them. Kings have taken fancy for the latest model automobiles and the elephants have gone back to the jungles to starve and fight it out with other starving humans.
Street dogs shout all night for nothing on the streets before getting run over or slaughtered and served as meat rolls in street corners under the guise of lamb rolls.
     
Subhankar Das is a writer, publisher and film producer living in Kolkata, India. He has published fourteen collections of poetry in Bangla. He translated Allen Ginsberg’s Howl into Bangla and is the editor of the stark electric space..., an anthology of international experimental writing. He has produced six short films and owns a bookstore. 

INTERVIEW: BRUCE HODDER


Name. Bruce Hodder. "Bard" to my family & friends.
Age. 49. The numbers are getting surreal.
Location. Northampton, England. Home of Alan Moore, last resting place of James Joyce's daughter Lucia and the woman who shot Mussolini.
How long have you been writing? I wrote a thirty-three page revenge Western called "Blood Lust" when I was seven. So quite a while.
Do you have a specific writing style? I don't think so. I just go down whatever dark/bright healthy/perverse alley my mood wants to take me.
Do you write as a career? I've never made more than about two pounds in a year from writing, so no! It's more of an existential or scatological function.
Do you write full time? I don't write full time, but I do write all the time.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Getting several poems in the Crossroads Press anthology "Other Voices" was my most conspicuous achievement, but the thing I'm proudest of is a long poem called "The Ballad of Jack the Bastard."
What is your ultimate goal as a writer? To keep writing, to keep getting better and to write one sentence with enough truth and music in it to last forever.
What is your greatest challenge as a writer? Fortifying myself against everything that calls me away from the pen and the page, like having to get food money from somewhere.
What projects of yours have recently been published? I've been self-publishing a lot recently, just sticking stuff on my own pages for anyone who wants to find it and then moving onto the next thing. Been writing a lot of rhymers and it's hard to find a market for that. But someone said he was publishing a poem of mine called "Trayvon" a while ago. And you can see a couple of essays by me at the Empty Mirror website.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I'm in the middle of an essay about casual labour in the UK. I've been doing some to pay the bills and I want people to know what it's like.
Where can we find your work? Apparently a surprising amount comes up when you google my name, although be advised: I'm not a former New Zealand rugby football coach. I don't keep a publication list or anything like that. I don't always know if I wrote a poem either, which pissed off a guy recently who was trying to prove something that was supposed to be mine had been plagiarised.
How often do you write? Every day, in my journal if nowhere else. Been keeping one for three decades.
How do you react to rejections? I fucking hate them! General writer-wisdom says it's okay, you can't win 'em all, it's their loss etc. But every one crushes me to fine powder. After two days, though, I have usually managed to convince myself that the editor who passed on my work is an arsehole. After a month I can frequently see their point.
How do I react when one of my submissions is accepted for publication? I feel ludicrously good until I see the thing in print. Then I become self-critical and wish I could change everything.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? It's better if you're crazy. So is the writing.
What is your favourite book? So hard to pick just one. My favourite books of last year were "Exit Nothing" by Pat King and Frank Norris' weird, ugly, violent "McTeague."
Who is your favourite author? Richard Brautigan
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? The "I" in my journals when I was in my twenties. Nothing was really the way he wrote it. I'd like to push a cold pizza in his face to get him back for all the things he did to other people that it's too late now to undo.
What is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer? Facebook.
What is your favourite word? Flapdoodle. (See P.G. Wodehouse.)
What makes you laugh? Being attacked by my girlfriend after she read a book about women and class by Angela Davis the other day was pretty funny.
What makes you cry? I cry alot. I once cried while washing the dishes and listening to "Johnny B. Goode" because the guitar riff was so perfect.
What is your preferred drink while you write? Thick black sugar-less coffee.
Beach or mountains? Beach.
Cats or dogs? Cats.
The Beatles or the Stones? The Beatles. But I love Keith.
Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra? Hendrix.
Shakespeare or Bukowski? Shakespeare, I’m afraid. I still admire Bukowski’s poetry and writing, but it doesn’t speak to me the way it used to. Is that heretical? Who cares?
Personal website/ blog. SUFFOLK PUNCH http://shoetownsurrounds.wordpress.com. Links there to other pages.
Facebook profile/ page. Look me up. I’m the one with the Ned Kelly helmet on.
Twitter profile. Look me up. I’m the one hugging a tree.
Books for sale and/or press. No, but if anyone wants to do a book, we’ll talk.
Anything you’d like to share about your country, its people, or native animals? England is a beautiful small country still suffering a hangover from its days as the imperialist scourge of peaceful indigenous peoples everywhere. Since 1979 it has been engaged in a weird attempt to become the ultimate citadel of laissez-faire capitalism while holding onto its feudal values about social organisation. Trade unions and the welfare state have been dismantled, the gap between rich and poor is so wide no daredevil on Earth could jump over it, the pursuit of money is now the only value recognised by mainstream society as respectable and yet the second chamber at Westminster is still filled with unelected lords and ladies. Who swear fealty to a monarch in a million pound hat. Work that one out. On the plus side, we have great football, great writers, great poets and great bands. We also have a wonderful multi-cultural community. Even if half our citizens hate foreigners.


INTERVIEW: WAYNE MASON


Name: Wayne Mason
Age?  39
Location? Lakeland, Fl     U.S.A.
How long have you been writing? I've been writing off and on and in some form and capacity since I was very young..... of course, it wasn't always very good.
Do you have a specific writing style? My writing style has changed a lot over the years. When I first starting getting published I was known largely for straight forward working class poetry. Now I guess you'd call it “experimental” for lack of a better term. Who knows what it will be like in another ten years? I'd like to think it will keep evolving.
Do you write as a career? I wish. Who wouldn't want to get by in the world doing what they are meant to do? Though I imagine a lot of the freedom I feel as a writer to experiment and do as I please would be tamed due to the pressure to make a “successful” career. Nothing comes without a price.
Do you write full-time? I don't write near enough! 12 hour shifts at the factory and general life business don't leave a lot of time in my day. Then of course what free time I do have often gets split between writing and other creative outlets, like my work with sound. This is actually a dilemma I've been contemplating a lot recently. I'm hoping in 2014 I can learn to better juggle the various aspects of my life..... or forgo sleeping.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Perhaps my greatest accomplishment isn't so much about writing at it is a direct result of being a writer. A few years back I founded and headed up a spoken word collective and was damn determined to jump start a literary scene in my dreary little town. In the end the task got too tiring but for a time it was great. It was something that was started with very vested interest (to get my own gigs), but in the end it really wasn't about me anymore. It was about all the people that showed up to take the open mic, to give them a platform.
What is your ultimate goal as a writer? I'm not sure I even know the answer to this. Recognition is nice but not necessary. Myself and most people I know write for the love of writing or for sheer necessity without any real promise of fame or financial gain. Yet we keep doing what we're doing out of love or instinct. So where does one go from here? Further, wherever that is. As far as you can take it.
What is your greatest challenge as a writer? Just trying to be a writer in a world that does not want you to be, finding the time to write. Also I find the older and more cynical I get the less inspiration I find around me. When I was twenty years old inspiration was everywhere, it enveloped me. Now it's still around I just have to dig for it.
What projects of yours have been recently published? 'I Ching Jukebox' is my most recent project and my first book published in electronic format. I feel it marks a new direction for me, it's definitely my most far out there book so far and I'm really proud of it.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I'm in the early stages of a prose/poetry collage type piece that will intersect autobiographical sketches with dream inspired writing. Also, polishing up a poetry chapbook manuscript that will hopefully get picked up soon.
Where can we find your work? Much of my work can be found online, like my newest ebook and many of the journals I am in. Google works handy if you ignore results for the New Zealand rock star of the same name.
How often do you write? As I illustrated earlier, nowhere near as much as I'd like. Any real writing I get done is usually on days off of work. The most I get done otherwise is quickly jotted lines and notes in a notebook always kept in pocket.
How do you react to rejections? Rejections don't really bother me at all, it's part of the game..... but I am very stubborn and tenacious. If it's a magazine I really want to be in badly I will keep submitting until they publish me.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? It's a good feeling that sticks with me all day, one that really hasn't diminished over the years.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? I'm not sure it is possible or even advisable to stay sane as a writer! I suppose the best way to stay sane as a writer is simply to write! Writing keeps me sane, it's only in lapses of creativity that I start to lose it. Write with no regard as to what others are doing, without regard of “being publishable”. Just write as pure and self centered as possible.
What is your favorite book? I don't really have a favorite book, though I definitely have books that I return to again and again. In fact, I've recently been a on a re-reading binge lately, started last week with Kerouacs 'Dharma Bums' and continues this week with Burroughs 'The Ticket That Exploded'. Next I plan on re-reading 'The Job: Interviews with William S Burroughs', which to be quite honest is a book that I come back to again and again.
Who is your favorite author? That's a tough question..... maybe the toughest one of all. Like a lot of my peers the so called Beats were my main catalyst propelling me to the point in which I am in now. If you had of asked me 20 years ago who my favorite author was I would have said Kerouac, but now Burroughs....... definitely Burroughs. His literary style, his apocalyptic vision, his scathing wit! It's not a far stretch either to say there would not be the Burroughs we love without Brion Gysin...... an author who in my opinion is very underrated.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? That is another difficult question! It's funny because the fictional characters that come to mind are in fact exaggerated versions of real people. Japhy Ryder from 'The Dharma Bums' comes to mind (maybe because I just re-read the book), in the book he is the perfect blend of artist, Buddhist, thinker, and rugged mountain man. We'd have dinner and a jug of wine over a campfire........ although more likely I'd end up having dinner with Raol Duke fueled with booze and who knows what else. What a dichotomy! The idealized self versus the realized self...... though both would be really fun.
What is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer? Nothing can kill creativity quicker than giving a shit of what other people think or worrying if something is publishable.... at least during the writing stage, save that anxiety for editing. The writing should be done with abandon and written precisely with one person in mind, yourself.
What makes you laugh? Life in general makes me laugh because they're are so many things in our day to day lives that are so absurd that you have to laugh not to cry.
What makes you cry? I'm more of a sappy guy than I care to admit.... meaning you're more likely to see me cry out of happiness than anything else. I cried when my daughter was born. I rarely cry out of sadness.
What is your preferred drink while you write? Beer for writing, coffee for editing.
Beach or Mountains? I'm surrounded by beaches, but much prefer the mountains.
Cats or Dogs? I have five dogs and a cat that thinks it's a dog.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Honestly.... neither. But if I had to choose I suppose I'd say the Beatles. At least they gave us “Revolution #9”.
Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra? I dig Jimi but I gotta be honest, you're more likely to hear Sinatra coming from my house.
Shakespeare or Bukowski? Sometimes I love him, sometimes I hate him but I have to go with Buk.
Please provide as much or as little of the following information as you’d like.
Personal website/blog: http://brokenzen.wordpress.com/
Facebook profile or page: https://www.facebook.com/brokenzen
Other page(s) or profile(s): https://soundcloud.com/waynemason


Monday, December 30, 2013

INTERVIEW: JEREMIAH WALTON


Name?
Jeremiah Walton
Age?
18
Location?
Cross country travels
How long have you been writing?
Writing in general, for as long as I can remember.  Throwing all my cards into poetry didn’t begin until my Sophomore year. 
Do you have a specific writing style?
I am currently beating away the “I want to be Ginsberg” writing attitude.  
Do you write full time?
Yes
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer?
Sparking up interest from others in the creative arts. 
What is your ultimate goal as a writer?
To broaden the poetic community as a whole, and promote creating for Self.
What is your greatest challenge as a writer?
I want to say finances, but innovation is probably more so.  Something new needs to be brought to the table, I just haven’t honed in on what yet.  
What projects of yours have been recently published?
Smile W/ Sparks (of a shotgun shot) came out in August from W.I.S.H. Publishing.  I did a collaboration of art and poetry called I’m Bringing Heaven With Me On My Way To Hell with Heaven Leigh, an artist I met traveling, again, published through W.I.S.H. Publishing.    
Witch-hunting Gatsby’s Children (UndergroundBooks) and LSD Gigggles & Other Poems (Cydonia Group Press) will be coming out in early 2014.  I’m currently putting together a collection of poems by the recently passed The Plastic Clown, and a book by Felino A. Soriano of Counterexample Poetics.
Where can we find your work?
Gatsby’s Abandoned Children is my personal blog.  Most of my books can be read free there, opinions are welcome.    
How often do you write?
I always have something on me to record an idea, whether it’s a phone, iPod, or pencil and notepad.  I don’t usually sit down to force myself to write poetry.  When it comes to fiction or blog articles, I force.  Otherwise, poems just happen.  
How do you re-act to rejections?
“It happens.”  
How do you react to acceptance?
“YES!”
What is your best piece of advice for staying sane as a writer?
If you’re staying sane, you’re doing, what is impossible to do wrong, wrong.
Favorite book?
I can’t say I have one favorite book, but my favorite writer is Lawrence Ferlinghetti, but it’s not just for his writing.  He’s contributed many opportunities for other writers and creative artists, and that is invaluable.
  Favorite author?
I would like to have a chat with the rabbits in Watership Down.  They’d have an interesting perspective to peek into.  
What is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer?
Writing
Favorite word?
Serendipity 
What makes you laugh?
People
What makes you cry?
People
What is your preferred drink when you're writing?
Coffee
Mountains or beach?
Mountains
Cats or dogs?
Dogs
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Ramshackle Glory and all of Pat the Bunny’s music projects
Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra?  
The Taxpayers, A Silver Mt. Zion, Bliss N’ Eso, Hilltop Hoods, Nas, Rail Yard Ghosts, I like a lot of different music.  I really am not a fan of Jimi or Sinatra though.  
(Sorry, I don't listen to The Beatles, Stones, Jimi, or Frank, and don't know their music well.)
Shakespeare or Bukowski?
Bukowski.  
Please provide as much or as little of the following information as you’d like.
Facebook profile or page:  www.facebook.com/GatsbysAbandonedChildren  
Other page(s) or profile(s):
http://jeremiahwaltonnostroviapoetry.wordpress.com/poetry-chapbooks-jeremiah-walton/

Friday, December 27, 2013

INTERVIEW: KEVIN RIDGEWAY


Name?  Kevin Ridgeway

Age? 31 years young

Location?  Southern California U.S.A.

How long have you been writing?  Since I was able to hold a crayon in my hand. 

Do you have a specific writing style?  Narrative poetry—dark and quirky snapshots of the universe I am but a tiny particle of. 

Do you write as a career?  I’m a starving poet, but I get by.

Do you write full-time?  Yes—it’s a full blown addiction. 

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer?  My new book of poems, All the Rage, published by Electric Windmill Press. 

What is your ultimate goal as a writer?  To continue to sharpen my craft and perhaps someday finish the novel that’s collecting dust bunnies in my bottom drawer next to my lithium. 

What is your greatest challenge as a writer?  Rejections!!!!

What projects of yours have been recently published?  All the Rage, a pocket-sized collection of poems published by Electric Windmill Press out of Boston.

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work?  I’m working on a poem called “Popeye the Sailor Man Issues Public Apology for Drunken Twitter Rant Against Albinos”.  Recent developments in social media and my general love for the sailor man have inspired this rare satiric poem…we’ll see how it shapes up!

Where can we find your work?  Google Kevin Ridgeway + poetry and you’re bound to find a treasure trove of my goofy verse…

       How often do you write?  I write at least a little bit every day.

       How do you react to rejections?  I shrug them off.  It’s a part of the gig.

       How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication?  I dance around in my underwear, do back flips and kiss my girlfriend very passionately.  And then I go back to my usual manic depressive self. 

       What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? 

Listen to rock and roll, and play it LOUD.  Or find great writers who’ve been at it longer than you…I’ve been fortunate to benefit from their words of wisdom over the years. 

       What is your favorite book?  The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

       Who is your favorite author?  Kurt Vonnegut

        If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? 

Tom Joad from The Grapes of Wrath because I imagine he’s f—cking starving. 


        What is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer?  Loneliness. 

        What is your favorite word?  Goon. 

        What makes you laugh?  Goons.  Many, many things…from a fart in church to a razor sharp witticism at a stuffy party. 

      What makes you cry?  Blind hatred and ignorance.

What is your preferred drink while you write?  Black, lukewarm coffee.

Beach or Mountains?  Mountains!

Cats or Dogs?  Cats. 

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?  I like them both equally for different reasons.  If I want some gentle melodies, those boys from Liverpool.  If I want dirty badass rock n roll, The Stones. 

Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra?  Jimi Hendrix. 

Shakespeare or Bukowski?  Tough one…Bukowski is closer to my time, so I’ll go with him.


     Please provide as much or as little of the following information as you’d like.

Personal website/blog:  whothehelliskevinridgeway.blogspot.com

Facebook profile or page:  Kevin Ridgeway

Twitter profile:  Master Ridgeway (I rarely use it though)

Other page(s) or profile(s):  The Laurel and Hardy Fan Club

      Books for sale and/or press:  Burn through Today from Flutter Press and All the Rage from Electric Windmill Press.

      Anything you’d like to share about your country, its people, or native animals?

      My country never fails to provide me with great belly laughs due to the sheer amount of insanity and stupidity that goes on it at every minute of every day.  But I’m lucky to live here at the same time.  As for animals, I think the moose is the most fascinating, fucking weirdest creature in North America.