My chapbook, Tiktaalik, Adieu, is out in the world now and I’ve done an interview through the Speaking of Marvels website created by William Woolfitt. The site features Q & A with chapbook and novella authors.
The interview is here, and questions cover themes and process for both of my chapbooks, Tiktaalik, Adieu (Finishing Line Press) and Theories of Rain (Main Street Rag). Here are a few of the topics discussed over at the Speaking of Marvels site:
- What are some of your favorite chapbooks? Or what are some chapbooks that have influenced your writing?
- What are your chapbooks about?
- What’s the oldest piece in Tiktaalik, Adieu? Or can you name one poem that catalyzed or inspired the rest of the chapbook? What do you remember about writing it?
- Describe your writing practice or process. Do you have a favorite prompt or revision strategy? What is it?
- How did you decide on the arrangements and titles of your chapbooks?
- What kinds of writing (comics, dictionaries, magazines, novels, etc.) that aren’t poetry help you to write poetry?
One small fact I would include if I were doing the interview again today is tiktaalik (/ˌtɪkˈtɑːlɪk/) is an Inuit word for freshwater fish. The paleontologist, Neil Shubin, who discovered the fossil fish in Canada near the arctic circle asked the local Inuit if they would provide the name.
Both books are available from the publishers, and Tiktaalik, Adieu can also be ordered from this website or Amazon.com.