Q: What are your creative talents or areas of interest?
A: I move back and forth between poetry and creative non-fiction. I also enjoy working with photography and video to explore the visual elements of my reoccurring themes.
I generally focus on personal relationships and histories. I like writing about my Mom or the state of Virginia. Childhood and adolescence. Cats. Personal histories. Food. The color blue. Sometimes friends or lovers. I like to have some years to reflect before approaching an experience.
Q: How do you start a project? (is there a lot of planning beforehand, or do you start when it just strikes your fancy?)
A: I usually have a lot of little ideas brewing in my head that just get put down on a sticky note or lost in my notebook. It is hard for me to start a project without a push - an assignment, or collaboration. Somebody else to make me feel obligated to start and finish. I need a deadline. At times I’ve felt overwhelmed with an an idea and feel compelled to write immediately. But lately I just harvest potential projects in the back of my mind, not acting upon them unless I have to.
Q: Where do you like to do your work? Why?
A: Some kind of neutral space with a table top to scatter my belongings. I like to start off writing everything down by hand, drafts or ideas or important details before I work with any technology. My kitchen table or a cafe or bar during dead hours. At home I get distracted by my cat or wanting to clean little things up.
Q: Do you like to work alone or with others? Why?
A: Usually I like to work alone but often I am working with an individual as my subject. It is important to have consent for the project to really unfold, so in a way that is collaborative. I guess like an artist/muse relationship. Also I like brainstorming with other people, and of course sharing/seeing work of my peers is inspiring and enlightening. But when it comes down to getting things done and editing, I like to be alone - to have total control over what I’m doing.
Q: Do you listen to music as you work? If so, what lends to your process.
A: Yeah, usually I like to get real jazzed with some coffee and listen to music I guess based on my mood. Sometimes ambient stuff like Brian Eno or Phillip Glass. Ethiopian jazz. Other times heavy metal or Prince on repeat. It helps create a headspace that seems to reflect in whatever I may be working on.