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