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 and art in general, are forms of pure self expression and move for what you do. Someone who excels at customizing cars is just as much of an artist as a painter or poet.
How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?
I’m beat creative between 9pm and 5am. So it’s real easy to carve out time because most places are closed and a good amount of people are asleep. Less distractions keeping those hours.
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?
My personal experiences completely shape what I do, be it things that have directly happened to me as an individual or what happens to people like me (Jew, Queer) as a whole.
About Creative Moments & Inspiration
What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?
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?
I most definitely cross genres. I’m a musician as well, so methods in that vein will be applied to my poetry. But, I also take a lot of techniques from film and apply them to what I do.
What/who inspires you the most?
Everything. Things I like/love/hate.
Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)
Cecily Schuler. Their poem “My Gender Is..” (find it on YouTube) in its writing created a new poetic form.
Tips For Others, Personal Goals
What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?
Make sure the work has been edited and exactly where you want it to be before you submit it. Keep in mind, though, to not plow right up to the fence and edit out all of the good.
What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?
I’m working on a spoken word w/music album currently (Rasing funds for some of the equipment here gofundme.com/paulie-spoken-word-album )but my ultimate goal with poetry would be a multimedia live show (voice/music/video) as a singular experience different from text or acapella performance.