TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Danielle Christine Hastings — 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 to me is always trying something new. Even if you think you’re going to fail, or going to look silly. In fact those failures, mistakes, and silliness are some of my favourite moments when I watch new poets perform, or artists present their 1st pieces. I love the newness.

How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?
Sometimes right before bed, or as I am getting ready to sleep some line will be playing on my mind and I will have to write it down. Those moments I treat as free writes, and then I go back during the morning or afternoon to reflect on what was going on, what was trying to be said. From there I try to write more, or expand on that idea or any new ideas that may come from it. I work really weird hours at the moment, so a lot of this crafting time happens in the afternoon.

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?
Everything I write, draw, or create is an experience I have had. It’s how I process what has happened, who was present, and what it means to me or the people around me. It’s how I work to understand the world and how I fit into it.

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 do! I write about nerdy things like Dr Who and use all kinds of movie and music references. I love using book references in my work as well. I am a huge nerd for all things and absolutely love learning new things. I try to find a way to incorporate different mediums into all my endeavours, whether it be my drawing and painting, or my writing.

What/who inspires you the most?
I have recently been branching out and meeting new people. I was very much socially isolated as a child, and making meaningful connections with people was made difficult because of childhood abuse. But the new and old friends I have been making have been some of my greatest inspirations to not only be creative, but to also overcome my past. These new and old friends inspire a bright, and very possible future-Jeremias, Gillian, Karla, Joe, Maggie and so many more, inspire a world I want to create.

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

This is difficult because I know so many artists that are spread out across the country. Justin Woo is one of my favourite poets of all time, and newer poets in my community like Emily Gao, or Alex Luu. Gillian Teng is also a great poet and my best friend. Alfredo Aguilar is also another great poet who’s been recently published. My friend Karla Cordero from the last interview just released her book, How to Pull the Earth Apart with Not a Cult press.

Tips For Others, Personal Goals

What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?
Try it out! If you have something you are really proud of and want to share, share it. If it isn’t picked up the 1st go around then please take the advice given by the publisher or editor. They’re giving the advice because they know this piece is very special to you and want it to be something that you’re ready to share with us.

What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?
I am currently still editing poems that I want to submit as a manuscript and will be working on a short story version of a fiction novel based on my coming out experience.


About Danielle

I’m from North County, San Diego California, and attend CSUSM as a single subject History major; I’ve struggled and overcome dyslexia in order to be here, and am eternally grateful to the teachers and family that helped me along the way. I’ve always loved writing, but given the nature of my learning disability, I was too shy to share. In sophomore year of High school, I was lucky enough to have a teacher who really believed in my talent, and would encourage me to share new poems every class period. In 2012, my 5th and nearly last year at Palomar Community College, I met a Professor who taught me the additional lesson of finding my own value in my truth, and sharing that truth on the stage through Spoken Word (Performance Poetry). Now, as I approach the completion my bachelors, I am hoping to take the lessons I’ve learned and the love from the people who’ve taught me the value of my words, and apply them in the classroom so that my future students may also learn to value their truths.


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