Orit Yeret–Interview

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

I usually work at home, since I find that I need a quiet place to write and reflect. Sometimes, when I look for inspiration, I do visit local coffee shops and/or bookstores and jot down ideas.

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

When I get an idea, I tend to write it down first by hand, in a notebook I always carry with me.

At a later date, I go back and re-read what I had written and begin creating an outline for a short story or a poem. I prefer using pens, and not pencils.

What is your routine for writing?

I do not have a “set” routine for writing. For me, it is something that happens spontaneously and I prefer not to plan it out. However, when I am in the editing stage of a piece, I do set aside a specific time for proper review.

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

I started writing “officially” when I was fourteen years old. I began putting together words in English that had a nice sound to them, and, without intention created my first poems.

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

I do not have “one type” of audience in mind when I write. I hope to appeal to as many people as possible, since the topics I write about tend to be universal and quite broad.

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

I am inspired by the “everyday”–people and situations I see around me. Wherever I am, when I walk down the street, when I ride the train or when I am on a plane, I listen and look out for “stories.” If I feel blocked, I leave it alone, sometimes for hours, sometimes for days, and come back to the materials when I feel ready. I see writing as a process–sometimes things run smoothly, sometimes they do not. But in the process I learn new things about myself.

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

I like to read, paint, take photographs, dance and practice yoga.

I also love to go to the cinema and listen to all kinds of music.

What is your favorite part of the creative process?

My favorite part is coming up with a new idea. When I get that “spark” I can’t wait to write it down and imagine the different ways in which it can develop. It can be something small and completely random, like a phrase that comes to mind or a sentence I heard someone say, and the rest goes from there. It is an exciting process of discovery.

What is your advice to aspiring writers?

My advice is simply to keep at it. When I think back to when I first started writing, I never realized what a big part writing would actually play in my life. Today, I can absolutely say that writing is my passion–it is the way I share myself with the world, it is the way I find my voice.

Check out Orit‘s work in Volume 6, Issue 2. And view more of her work at: www.orityeret.com.

Volume 6, Issue 2 is Here!

The issue is available as a PDF here.

The optional theme is A Defining Moment.

Contributors: Serena Agusto-Cox, Charles Joseph Albert, Madison Barlow, Gary Beck, Isaac Black, Robyn Blocker, Madelon Bolling, Nichole Brazelton, Charles Brice, Heather M. Browne, Ankita Chatterjee, Jennifer Christgau-Aquino, Joan Colby, Holly Day, Megan Duffy, Charlotte Edwards, Donna Emerson, Robert Fern, Mary Sophie Filicetti, Vanessa Frank, Robert Granader, Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Ed Hack, David Hargreaves, Angela B. Harris, Alison Hicks, Michael Hogan, Margot Hughes, Mark Jackley, James Croal Jackson, Finn Janning, Marc Janssen, Christina Kapp, Hanna Komar, Kristin LaFollette, Paul Lamb, Naomi Lowinsky, Lisa L. Lynn, Shwetha Mahendran, Ivy Marie, Carolyn Martin, Barbara McHugh, Meg, Juliana Mei, Pete Mladinic, Marlene Molinoff, Daniel Edward Moore, David Morris, Mark Murphy, Martina Nicholson, Kevin Norwood, Caroline O’Connell, Ada Pelonia, Barry Peters, Maria S. Picone, Fabrice B. Poussin, Dana Robbins, Sam Rose, Christopher Ryan, Susan Chock Salgy, Carmelinda Scian, Ashley Scott, Kevin M. Scott, Juliette Sebock, Shruthi Shivkumar, Leela Srinivasan, Emma Staffaroni, John L. Stanizzi, Lisa Stice, Adriana Stimola, Ryan Thorpe, Phelan Tinsley, J.T. Townley, Mark Tulin, Cathy Ulrich, Emily Unwin, Doug Van Hooser, Richard Weaver, Angelica Whitehorne, Nancy Wick, Casey Woods, Orit Yeret, and Cyndie Zikmund.

Reviews: Dark Fathers and other poems by David Anthony Sam and (My Life and Other…) Famous Train Wrecks of Ohio Bill Abbott.

The Magnolia Review Ink Award: To Be Announced!

Mary Sophie Filicetti

Mary Sophie Filicetti writes fiction in the myriad coffee shops around DC, and has discovered a love of flash fiction. Her first publication appeared in Everyday Fiction in January. She is also a contributing author to Building on Patterns Preschool Braille Curriculum.

Anniversary, Volume 6, Issue 2

Interview

Orit Yeret

Orit Yeret is a writer, artist, and teacher. Born and raised in Israel, she currently lives in the U.S. Her work recently appeared in The Voices Project, The Borfski Press, Ink Pantry, Drunk Monkeys, Crack the Spine, Blue Lake Review, Evening Street Review and Steam Ticket.

View more of her work at: www.orityeret.com

Head in the Clouds, Volume 6, Issue 2

Interview

Cathy Ulrich

Cathy Ulrich used to have a dog that terrorized children on the playground when she was young. Her parents said that dog went to a nice farm to live, but she’s not so sure. Her work has been published in various journals, including Craft, Cheat River Review, and Threadcount.

The Children, Waiting for Someone to Fall, Volume 6, Issue 2

Interview

J. T. Townley

J. T. Townley has published in Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, The Threepenny Review, and other magazines and journals. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net award. Townley holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MPhil in English from Oxford University. To learn more, visit jttownley.com.

Balloon Letters, Volume 6 , Issue 2

Volume 6, Issue 1 is here!

The issue is available here as a PDF.

The optional theme is A Day That Changed Me.

Contributors: Stephen Barry, Susan P. Blevins, Heather M. Browne, JW Burns, R. J. Cardullo, Samantha Chasse, Ranjabali Chaudhuri, Susan Taylor Chehak, Jenny Coates, Mirana Comstock, Heather Cook, Margo Davis, Leslie Dianne, Kristin Kowalski Ferragut, MacGregor Frank, Tom Franken, Carolyn Geduld, Kathleen Gemmell, Brian Glaser, John Grey, Andrey Gritsman, Deborah Guzzi, Benjamin Harnett, Jack D. Harvey, Julia Hatch, Kevin Hogg, Zebulon Huset, Anthony Koranda, Lori Lipsky, Jeanne Lutz, Sean Lynch, Jennifer Makowsky, Delvon T. Mattingly, K. McGee, Bob McNeil, Rachel Medina, Cameron Morse, Louisa Muniz, Marianthi Papadim, Melanie Petrandis, Jenna Pini, John Raffetto, Robin Ray, Marguerite Maria Rivas, David Anthony Sam, Becca Saul, Joe Seale, John Sheirer, Adrian Slonaker, John L. Stanizzi, Wylie Strout, The Rotten Poets, Richard Weaver, Julie Weiss, Thomas Wells, and Bill Wolak.

Reviews: Kind Chemist Wife: Musings at 3 AM by Sarah Bigham, Slide to Unlock: Poems by Julie E. Bloemeke, Skeleton Parade by Mela Blust, a broken exit by Goirick Brahmachari, Escaped Housewife Tries Hard to Blend In by Karen Craigo, Emily as Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire by Darren C. Demaree, Here, We Bury the Hearts by Dom Fonce, Boys by Daniel Edward Moore, Verses of Realness by Bob McNeil, Love_Is_Love: An Anthology for LGBTQIA+ Teens edited by Emma Eden Ramos, and Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich.

The Magnolia Review Ink Award: Becca Saul, “Lines of Me,” chosen by David Anthony Sam.