Describe your creative space. Do you work at home, in public spaces, etc.?
I work in a spare bedroom surrounded by books and CDs. Much of the time my cat is with me.
What kind of materials do you use? Do you write by hand or type? What is your favorite writing utensil?
I use the computer for most of my poems, but I often write in longhand.
What is your routine for writing?
I don’t have a set routine or ritual for writing. I write when the mood strikes me, which is often.
How long have you been writing? When did you start writing?
50 years. I started in high school.
Who is your intended, or ideal, audience? Who do you write for?
No ideal audience. I don’t write for academics but for myself and for people who care to read what I write.
What inspires you to write? If you are blocked, what do you do?
Anything that catches my fancy. I’m rarely blocked. Sometimes I won’t write for a week or so, but usually I’m back in the chair before long.
What other things do you do besides writing? Do you dance or play golf, etc.?
I watch movies, listen to music, email other writers, read. I try to walk a lot, too.
What is your favorite part of the creative process?
Listening to that inner voice that says a poem is coming and then writing the first few lines. And then the revision part is as exciting, too. So I guess I like all parts.
What is your advice to aspiring writers?
Find a couple of trusted readers who believe in tough love and who push you in a kind way. Avoid abrasive critics.