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.
CAROL DID NOT WANT A GRAPHIC
Carol Parris Krauss
Mother.Teacher. Poet. Lives in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Her work is distinctly Southern with a strong sense of time and place. This high school English teacher is a watcher and is not afraid to tackle current issues and concerns. She teaches English at Lakeland High. In her free time she enjoys cats and college football. She is a Clemson University graduate. Her work can be found in online and print magazines such as Storysouth, Eunoia Review, The South Carolina Review
1. When and why did you begin to write poetry?
I began to write poetry in high school. Mind you, it was not very good. I was never an articulate speaker, but I had a plethora of ideas and thoughts bouncing around in my head giving me a migraine…so I began to write.
2. Who introduced you to poetry?
I can not pinpoint any one person who introduced me to poetry. As an adult, I work shopped at The Alsop Review’s Gazebo and I certainly learned a lot at the shark tank from some fine poets such as Kelli Russell Agodon, Christine Potter, Kay Day, Patricia Fargnoli, Robert Schechter, and many others.
3. How aware were and are you of the dominating presence of older poets?
HaHa, since I am almost 60 years old, I am very aware of older poets.
4. What is your daily writing routine?
I am a full-time high school English teacher, so my writing routine is similar to traffic on I-95. A lot of stop and go.
5. What motivates you to write?
I seem to gets sparks from nature, even when the poem has absolutely nothing to do with flora or fauna, there will almost always be a plant, flower, fruit, or animal in my work.
6. What is your work ethic?
I am a hard worker and rather prolific. I have a four season room as my home office, and I am pretty religious about getting up early and working in my bubble surrounded my nature. Sometimes all those windows help, and other times, they are a bit distracting.
7. How do the writers you read when you were young influence you today?
8. Who of today’s writers do you admire the most and why?
I love Valerie Nieman, Kim Addonizio(I recently took her online class), Kelly Russell Agodon, Joy Harjo, Patricia Smith, Cobby Eckermann, January O’Neill, Martha Silano, and Dorianne Laux….humh, –all women:) I love their voice, their courage, their tenacity, and their ability to express these strengths in their work.
9. Why do you write?
Because I need to write, just as I need to eat and breathe. It’s a piece of who I am and vital to my daily existence. Plus, I am still not very articulate.
10. What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”
I first became a reader.
11. Tell me about the writing projects you have on at the moment.
I have just finished a chapbook and am looking for a home for my baby.