Wombwell Rainbow Interviews
I am honoured and privileged that the following writers local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the writers two options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger.
The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these poets you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.
Adam Levon Brown
Adam Levon Brown is an internationally published author, poet, amateur photographer, and cat lover who identifies as Queer and is neurodivergent. He is Founder, Owner, and editor in chief of Madness Muse Press. He has had poetry published hundreds of times in several languages, along with 2 full collections and 3 chapbooks. Anti-imperialist, peacenik with a love for books, when not tripping on his own musings, he enjoys reading fiction. He also participates as an assistant editor at Caravel Literary Arts Journal and is Founder, Owner, Editor-In-Chief of Madness Muse Press LLC
He has been published with publications such as Burningword Literary Journal, Firefly Magazine, and FIVE:2:ONE
He has three collections of poetry;
Musings of a Madman (Creative Talents Unleashed, 2015)
Cadence of Cupid (Creative Talents Unleashed, 2016)
Death is not our Holy Word (Alien Buddha Press)
He has two chapbooks;
“Loco”motion of Life (Alien Buddha Press, 2017)
“Embedded Memories of a Shooting Star ( Transcendent Zero Press, 2017)
He also has a title forthcoming from Moran Press (Chasing Sanity at 7:30 PM)
1. What inspired you to write poetry?
First of all, Let me say, thank you so much to Paul Brookes for this opportunity to be interviewed. It’s an honor and privilege to share my words with others, and to be interviewed about something I enjoy doing.
The first time I heard about poetry was from an ex-girlfriend I met online in 2004.
I looked at her poetry and thought, wow, this is something I may be able to do someday.
I put it off my mind for awhile. 1 year later, and I got the itch to start looking up poetry online to find deeper meaning. I found Edgar Allen Poe, Lord Byron, and the darker side of the poetic genres. I was instantly attached due to my fascination with the occult in my teen years. I began writing my first poems, which were long, full of rhyme, and very dark. It was my first experience with catharsis, as my home life was full of mental illness and substance abuse. I began writing small poems from there and putting them on Myspace for my friends to read.
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
I’d have to say my ex-girlfriend. I won’t name her here, as she is still part of my muse, and I keep my muse secretive.
3. How aware were you of the dominating presence of older poets?
At the time, I had no idea of other poets, nor was part of an online community until 2014.
I just did most of my writing as catharsis. I’d always been in love with reading, especially darker material, as I found it relateable.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
I usually wake up and write a poem in the morning if my Muse is speaking, if not, I just continue my day and don’t think about it much. If I don’t get one in the morning, I usually put one together at night. Though, I’m almost always stringing words and thinking of ways to phrase idioms in different ways.
5. What motivates you to write?
I need Poetry for catharsis. Some people watch football or watch comedy central to unwind after long days. I put my time into writing poems to release deep thought and feelings which go unheard of in daily life. There’s also some vanity involved, as I am a dreamer, and want to share myself with my friends, family, and whoevere else cares to listen. It’s also a type of journaling for me, to document my thoughts and feelings.
6. What is your work ethic?
If I write a poem, and I really like it, think it’s good; I’ll usually start thinking, new chapbook. I’ve been focusing on getting chapbooks published for a good 2 years now and have 4 published so far.
7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
Edgar Allan Poe and Lord Byron influence me to this day. Being mentally ill, I am inspired by the mad ramblings of these poets and their poetry about living with a disease I share with them in common.
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most
Lately, I’ve been inspired by the stage poets. Andrea Gibson, Neil Hilborn, Dante Collins etc.
Though I find much inspiration from my facebook poetry friends, including Robert Wilson, Scott Thomas Outlar, and Nanette Wakefield.
I don’t have many friends outside of Facebook. It’s good to stay connected, and the poets I describe all struggle with some form of pain. I relate to it, and it’s good to be on the same wavelength/share common interests, and inspire each other throughout poetic endeavors in this deluge known as life.
9. Why do you write?
I write mainly for catharsis, and for the silly dream that someday my work may get noticed by agents and/or big publishers. I also write because it’s fun, and have a love for words.
10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
I would say, think about the things in your life that are bothering you most. Find some time from daily life and start writing about them in any way, shape, or form. Just let it out, and if bold enough, share it. I’ve often found through sharing our personal stories, that I am definitely not alone, and there are many people out there who will relate to your story and support you. It’s a way of breaking away from isolation and believe it or not, can inspire people to begin writing too.
11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
As of now, I have a chapbook coming out later this year, titled, “Chasing Sanity at 7:30 PM”
which deals with love, loss, and the fragility of life. This book is being released by Moran Press.
I also just finished a personal book detailing my life as it is now. It’s about mental illness/health, overcoming barriers, and finding my way in this thing called life.
It has been accepted by one publisher, but I’m waiting to see the results of other publishers who may also be interested.