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?
Creativity is the goal as well as the means of a well-lived life.
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
I had an English teacher in 7th grade who expressed admiration for something I had written for homework. It was a rare instance of me receiving praise — at school or at home.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
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?
Coffee is the fuel of the creative mind.
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
By organizing my life around my writing rather than writing around the rest of my life.
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
Don’t be risk adverse. Rejection is part of the creative process. Use it to re-evaluate and, when necessary, revise your work.
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
I hope my writing is making life more beautiful or more bearable or more meaningful for anyone who reads it.
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize for Poetry from Thoughtcrime Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.
Read Howie’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
“Bright Stupid Confetti” — p. 53