Kelsey Zimmerman–Interview

Describe your creative space. Do you work at home, in public spaces, etc.?

I usually write at home, or when I’m travelling. I consider writing very private, and it’s hard for me to do it in public.

What kind of materials do you use? Do you write by hand or type? What is your favorite writing utensil?

I typically type because it saves me time later, but there is something visceral I love about writing on paper. If I’m out and about, I keep a pen and notebook on me in case inspiration strikes.

What is your routine for writing?

Oh, I should have a routine! The closest thing I have to a routine at this point is thinking near-constantly to myself, “I should do some writing today.” And if it all works out, I do.

How long have you been writing? When did you start writing?

At least since young adolescence. I remember writing poetry for sure in 6th grade, but I could have started sooner. But I’ve certainly had stretches—some over a year long—of doing no writing whatsoever.

Who is your intended, or ideal, audience? Who do you write for?

I write for anyone who has ever felt like they’re alone—so, pretty much most everyone. The thing I love about poetry is how, if done right, it can take you into a moment so deeply and suddenly you realize: “I’ve had this moment before. I’ve felt what this poet is describing.” And there’s a sense of communion in that I strive for.

What inspires you to write? If you are blocked, what do you do?

Nature is the great inspiration for me. Or big emotions: I’m not much of a crier, so when I need to get my feelings out I write instead. If I’m blocked, going for a walk helps, especially in the woods.

What other things do you do besides writing? Do you dance or play golf, etc.?

Well, I have my full-time day job. I also knit, dabble in photography, and ride my bike. Spending time with friends and family is important to me, too.

What is your favorite part of the creative process?

That would have to be the feeling when everything clicks, and you look back at what you’ve done and are really excited about it.

What is your advice to aspiring writers?

I still consider myself an aspiring writer, so this is a loaded question! But I guess the advice I would give is it’s never too late to start, and never too late to get serious about it, either. Be patient with yourself. There isn’t a rush.


Check out Kelsey’s work in Volume 4, Issue 2.


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