How did you know you wanted to be an author? I’ve always been drawn to poetry and imagined myself as a poet from second grade, though I flirted with other ideas of adulthood. By the time I was in high school I knew that I wanted to be a poet.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Find or create a local support system of like-minded writers who can help keep you writing, keep you reading, keep you open, keep you submitting your work. Poets
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? I enjoy using a blue gel pen in a journal well before I hit the computer keyboard. If I have a cup of tea or coffee and a candle too, don’t bother me. I’m in my space. For inspiration, I read other poets I admire–Hirshfield, Levertov, Heaney, Rich, Harjo–there are many, and the list keeps growing.
What message to you want readers to remember? As I wrote in “Otzi” about the ice-encased mummy: “We always think we have sufficient time. / We gather all we are. We feast. / We climb.” We don’t have all the time in the world, so we have to keep at it, to commit to our work and to each other.
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