TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Wanda Deglane — Poetry Contributor

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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.

About The Creative Process

What does creativity mean to you? And what does it mean to be creative?
Creativity means, in its most obvious form, to create something, to use your own talents and imagination to make something all your own. Being creative means being resourceful, innovative, and inventive, and being able to see something mundane and turn it into something beautiful and new.

How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?
Sometimes I think it’s my creativity that makes time for me– I spend as much time as possible creating, whether it’s in my writing or by painting and drawing, and it frequently takes up most of my time. I’ve been known to drop everything as soon as a creative idea crosses my mind. I’d have to say I’ve always been much more of a night owl creative. It’s my time when I have no other requirements or tasks to fulfill, so I can dedicate my whole self to my creativity.

How much of your personal life and experiences shape who you are as a creative and as a person? Do you find that you draw much content from your experiences or have you worked to keep that separate from what you create?
Almost 100% of my writing is drawn from personal experiences, and very few stem from the personal experiences of those who are close to me. I find that the best work I create is when I write about events I have experienced– the last thing I want to do is misrepresent an important event because I don’t have the insight that only one who has experienced it firsthand could have. As I continue to work on and hone my writing, I’d like this to change, and expand my work to more global events.

About Creative Moments & Inspiration

What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?
Having my work accepted by so many amazing and beautiful journals! It still blows my mind that there are people besides me who love and believe in my writing.

Do you cross genres for inspiration? Which ones?
Ex: If you're a fiction writer, do you read and practice poetry? Do you also dabble in art?

To be honest, I love all creative forms, be it art, music, or writing. I mostly read and write poetry now, but throughout most of my life I wrote short stories and painted.

What/who inspires you the most?
My family and closest friends and loved ones inspire me every day. They are some of the strongest and most resilient people I know, and they give me the drive to continue pushing myself to be better and better.

Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)

I absolutely LOVE Ada Limon, Eloisa Amezcua, Nadia Gerassimenko, Ocean Vuong, and so many others. I personally think that poetry as a whole is heavily undervalued and everyone should read more of it!

Tips For Others, Personal Goals

What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?
Keep trying! I was told before submitting that rejection would be a huge, inevitable part of the process, and this has definitely proven itself to be true. The amazing thing is, there are SO many journals and magazines out there, so the trick is to keep submitting, keep doing your research and finding new places to submit, but most of all, keep reading and writing! Find inspiration in small, everyday occurrences and use it to create something beautiful.

What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?
I honestly didn’t even think I’d make it this far, but I’ll continue to push myself and make new goals! As of right now, I’d really like to publish a chapbook of poetry, and possibly someday a full-length collection. Above all else, I want my work to reach the hands of those who need it. I write a lot about adverse experiences I’ve been through, and how I’ve overcome them. I’d love for my writing to be read by people who need to know that there is hope for them even in the bleakest, blackest moments.


About Wanda

Wanda Deglane is a psychology/family & human development student at Arizona State University. Her poetry has been published or forthcoming on Dodging the Rain, Rust + Moth, Anti-Heroin Chic, and elsewhere. She writes to survive. Wanda is the daughter of Peruvian immigrants, and lives with her giant family and beloved dog, Princess Leia, in Glendale, Arizona.

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