I think about imagination and creativity and its place in our fast-paced world. For me, writing is a way of slowing down. The cadence and layers of both poetry and fiction are something to savor, to pick up again and again, considering the words and the characters. My favorite writers (and they change regularly) will stay with me long after the book is finished. These are poems and narratives that bring another level of meaning into my daily life.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t use writing to make sense of the world. Writing reveals emotional truths, which are not the same as literal truths. As I tell my students, you owe nothing to reality. Still, the best writing feels authentic. We believe in the characters or in the epiphany or turn in a poem.
I am the author of four collections of poetry, most recently, Necessary Silence (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press, 2013). I have a new collection of short fiction Growing a New Tail (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press, 2015) coming out in September in Ireland and in November in the United States. I am also working on a novel that uses a hybrid form of writing. Writing matters because it is how we communicate. Literature matters because it is how humanity, with all of its losses and triumphs, can become a work of art.
I wouldn’t be a writer without readers. Thank you for your support. I hope to meet you at a reading. Please introduce yourself. Check my schedule for a reading near you. Buy books and give them as gifts the next time you’re invited to dine at someone’s house. They last longer than a bottle of wine, and you’re supporting small presses who often struggle to introduce new writers to the world.