TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Jeremy Nathan Marks — Poetry Contributor

The natural world is central for my work, but I find that the sublime landscapes of the American and Canadian Rust Belt are now exerting a tremendous influence in my life. I live two hours from Detroit, Michigan and I make time to go exploring there. I feel that Detroit in particular is the nexus of so many of the issues that drive me: ecological, racial, historical, post-colonial, industrial and contemporary political. Plus, the art of Detroit is inescapable: it is present in Diego Rivera's murals; Motown music; Detroit jazz and blues history; graffiti; Detroit rock musics and techno; and of course the physical landscape of this fascinating city.

TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Benjamin Daniel Lukey — Poetry Contributor

One of my favorite things to do is explore old abandoned roadbeds in the Uwharrie National Forest. I was attempting to describe this pastime to a friend at work, and it became painfully clear that I wasn’t successfully conveying so much as a tenth of the fascination it holds for me. As I was driving home that day, what I had tried to communicate in prose started coming to me in fragments of verse. By the time I reached my house it was a sonnet, and I had finally said what I wanted to say. It’s entitled “An Old Roadbed” and it was published in Volume 2, issue 1 of Edify Fiction.

TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Fariel Shafee — Poetry Contributor

For me, creativity is the way to connect with the world. Many of my creative pieces, if not directly related to my experience, are shadows of my feelings expressed through words and art, or are narrations of experiences through the eyes of another character that I try to put in the shoes of people I know. Creative pieces hence let me bare myself of my emotions, while also helping me understand other people. When I find it difficult to relate with a person, from time to time I try to define a character and imagine living that person's life. It is also a great way to find empathy and understanding for persons I perhaps would not want to relate with otherwise.

TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Lorraine Wilson — Poetry Contributor

Creativity can also be less of a mirror and more of a window. Can I, with my experiences and world view, show something to someone else that changes their perceptions? Can I cause them to see other perspectives, to understand the experiences of others a little better. In today's political and social climate, I spend a lot of time thinking about this, about the extent of responsibility and ability that creators possess to make the world a kinder place. I don't have the answer, but I do believe it warrants thought.