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My ongoing writing effort is a stage play … As a writer, I find it daunting to make the leap from bite sized bits of poetry to the whole groaning festal board of a full length drama. But I do know that poetry and plays worked out well for that William Shakespeare guy so maybe it can for me too.”

How did you discover that you were a writer?

My father, Robert Reid, was a poet and was very widely published. Therefore, I grew up aware of the art form and spent many hours reading and memorizing poetry. I started to write stories and poems while I was still in grammar school. I would like to think my work is inspired by that of my dad.

Describe your writing process.

I’m not certain how honest I ought to be in my response. In the perfect universe, that I don’t inhabit, I leap out of bed and do yoga, cook breakfast and sit down to write for a few hours on my chapbook. In my actual universe, writing is haphazard at best! I do compose strictly with pen and paper. When I do get my work on the computer, I revise endlessly.

What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?

This is difficult to answer because I tried to put together a potpourri of my work so there is no underlying theme. I wanted to include light verse, narrative poetry and work with a traditional rhyme scheme format. I am including two poems that have won national poetry competitions.

What are you working on now?

I am currently writing a submission for the next Journal of Modern Poetry with the theme : “Dear Mr. President.” It is just too good an opportunity to skip.

My ongoing writing effort is a stage play that has been on my storyboard for quite a while. As a writer, I find it daunting to make the leap from bite sized bits of poetry to the whole groaning festal board of a full length drama. But I do know that poetry and plays worked out well for that William Shakespeare guy so maybe it can for me too.

What was the last great thing you read by another author?

I am currently reading the Quran, which takes the format of a poem, as literature. Because the text cannot be rendered effectively in translation, my Arabic language studies at the University of Chicago have been invaluable in the process.

You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which writer, dead or alive, do you invite?

My biggest influence as a poet is the incomparable Ogden Nash. Nash is probably best remembered for his light verse “candy is dandy” but he was an accomplished lyric poet as well. He and I would have much to share over the repast I’m certain.

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