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?
Busting the seams of traditional literature and photography.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
Started loong-loong ago. Creative muse is Suzi Skoski Wosker Doski.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
As Wittgenstein wrote in his TRACTATUS, “Some things can not be put in words. They make themselves manifest. They are what is mystical.”
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?
My approach is to to allow my fingers and eyes to go cRaZy.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
I don’t make time; it makes me create.
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
Patience and persistence; then, more patience and persistence.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
Hope to achieve a new frontier for EXperiMENTAL writing and photography.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
About J. Ray Paradiso
J. Ray Paradiso is a recovering academic in the process of refreshing as a street photographer and an EXpeRiMenTal writer. Paradiso’s work has been published in 25 magazines/presses, the most recent three being in Typehouse Literary Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 3, Issue 12; Down on the Dirt, a Finch on the Window, Oct. 2017, V. 150; and Peeking Cat Anthology, 2017.
You Can Find J. Ray Paradiso Here
See J. Ray Paradiso’s work In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
“Room For Two” — p. 90
“Photography (8 Images)” — p. 95-103