Nov 172017
 

The poems are set in the Jazz/blues period and I wanted to focus on children and their points of view.  I was inspired by the child who sits in the corner of one of Archibald J. Motley’s paintings: Bronzeville at Night.”

How did you discover that you were a writer?

In high school I was the editor of a creative newspaper, Young Chicago.  It was an insert in a larger newspaper called New Expression.  I was the editor by default and ended up having to write stories and such to fill the pages.  I do not know if I enjoyed it, but I did know I would continue.

Describe your writing process.

I think, read and research a lot.  I do not write every day, although I would encourage others to do so.  I do not have a favorite time of the day to write: I tend to carve out space and time for each project.  The only pattern I follow is that I like having an office.  I must have an office.  I don’t always write in my office but I can’t really get anything done if I don’t have one.  I have home offices.  With my office I may write at a desk or throughout my home but I return to my office to re-organize and begin again.

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

I will be reading poems with children in them.  The poems are set in the Jazz/blues period and I wanted to focus on children and their points of view.  I was inspired by the child who sits in the corner of one of Archibald J. Motley’s paintings: Bronzeville at Night.

What are you working on now?

I am doing research on Langston Hughes’ life story.

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

Edward P. Jones

 

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