As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.
Let’s start by talking about creativity — what does creativity mean to you?
Dealing with the world imaginatively.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
When I read an E.E. Cummings poem in high school I told the teacher that anyone could write this stuff. He said, “Try it,” I found that it was harder than it looked and became intrigued. So I wrote more and got hooked.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
I assigned an in-class writing exercise and while the students scratched way I wrote a poem that won the Aesthetica prize, a cool five hundred pounds.
People approach creativity in such different ways! What about you? What is your creative routine? Do you know of any quirky habits or creative superstitions?
No, I just sit down every day and try to write something. I guess that’s a routine. I don’t have any quirky habits or superstitions other than a fondness for fountain pens.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
Writing comes first–first thing in the morning, first priority in life.
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
I probably won’t be alive in five years, but if I am I would be satisfied to be still ambulatory enough for a reading or two.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
William Doreski’s work has appeared in various e and print journals and in several collections, most recently A Black River, A Dark Fall (forthcoming: Splash of Red, 2018).
Read William’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
“Olson In Gloucester” — p. 28
“Look Back And Smell” — p. 74
“Angles/Angels” — p. 84