Monday, September 22, 2014

INTERVIEW: MIKE MERAZ


Name? Mike Meraz

Age?
It’s 4:22 am and I am tired. 43

Location?
Whittier Ca. for now but plan to be in Long Beach later.

How long have you been writing? Since I was in high school, but seriously since I was 30. When I say seriously I mean with the intention of being published.

Do you have a specific writing style? I am trying to create my own which is probably a bastardized version of many writers: Kerouac, Bukowski, Brautigan i.e. all the writers who I’ve read and admired.

Do you write as a career? Yes but it pays very bad.

Do you write full-time? I write when poems come to me.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? I suppose being able to stay in the game, to keep writing poems. I had writers block from 2009 to 2011 and it wasn’t a good experience.

What is your ultimate goal as a writer? To quit my day job and make a living off my books. To sit in a big chair, drink beer and accept royalty checks.

What is your greatest challenge as a writer? Keeping things fresh, reinventing myself, staying relevant.

What projects of yours have been recently published? I have a book of quotes out called Black-Listed Thoughts published by Propaganda Press. Some free stuff online through Free Penny Press: Writhing & Alive and The Art of Work. I have a book of poems from Dog On A Chain Press called Watching It Burn and a new book out by Epic Rites Press called 43.

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I have been writing a lot of poems lately about women. I hope to collect these poems into a chapbook one day.

Where can we find your work? At Dog On A Chain Press, Propaganda Press, and Epic Rites Press. Also if you google my name/poems a lot of stuff will come up.

How often do you write? I’d like to write everyday but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. I write when poems come to me, I am not a “sit down” writer. I am usually on the go, in my iphone or on a notepad.

       How do you react to rejections? I just send the poems elsewhere. It is usually a matter of taste. I don’t take it too personal.

       How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? I think when I first starting getting published it was a big high, now it’s a sign that I can still write publishable work, which is a relief.

       What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s fatal.

       What is your favorite book? I tore apart Kay Redfield Jamison’s Touched With Fire in a matter of months, I also did this with John Berryman’s The Dream Songs. I suppose that is a good sign I like a book.

       Who is your favorite author? I don’t have a favorite. I like many.

        If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Henry from The Dream Songs because he is so fucked up.

        What is the greatest occupational hazard for a writer? Becoming self-satisfied and big headed.

      What is your favorite word? ahh

      What makes you laugh? Irony

      What makes you cry? Heartbreak

What is your preferred drink while you write? Beer or coffee.

Beach or Mountains? Beach though I’ve had some memorable mountain hikes.

Cats or Dogs? When I was young I would have said dogs, but as I’ve grown older I tend to appreciate cats more.

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? The Beatles, I had a Beatles Documentary obsession a few years back, couldn’t stop watching the damn things.

Jimi Hendrix or Frank Sinatra? Hendrix.

Shakespeare or Bukowski? Bukowski


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

Personal website/blog: Don’t have one. Google me.

Facebook profile or page: Mike Meraz

Twitter profile: Same, though I’m not there much.

Other page(s) or profile(s): I run a online lit mag called Black-Listed Magazine: http://black-listedmagazine.blogspot.com/

      Books for sale and/or press: Watching It Burn/ Dog On A Chain Press, 43/Epic Rites Press, Black-Listed Thoughts/Propaganda Press.

      Anything you’d like to share about your country, its people, or native animals? No, not really. It’s 5:15 am. I either have to go back to bed or make a pot of coffee.      

1 comment:

  1. I have read all of my life. Since I got into poetry and really came out as a writer 23 years ago, I came to love the work of 4 other poets. You are one of them. Thank you for so eloquently bringing our emotions to life with your words. You are courageous, bold and vulnerable all at once.

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