Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Reggie: I started writing at the age of nine as a hobby I did on summer vacations. Langston Hughes was one of my first influences.
Q2: Who is your biggest influence today?
Reggie: The writers I’ve come into contact on social media who I’ve become very good friends with: Natalie Hernandez (@yerrrnandez), Luis Delossantos (@CoolerStoryMarc), Harold Fonseca (@halfxyou), Elijah Horton (@elijahhorton94), Chris Butler (@CLBpoetry) Daniel Alvarez (@itsdannylondon), Bruce Llano (@Beeruce_Sama).
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art?
Reggie: Cincinnati, Ohio. I was taught to write about things you know and have experienced. Speaking personal truths will help to strengthen your writing.
Q4: Have any travels away from home influenced your work & describe if so?
Reggie: Yes, I recently took a trip to Orlando, Florida to meet up with some of my friends who inspire me continuously. That time away and being in that environment with all them helped me create some dope content that I can’t wait to share with everyone very soon.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a poet/writer/artist?
Reggie: When Drake released his Take Care Album. After 9, I didn’t pick up poetry again seriously til I turned 19. That album showed so much versatility in his writing and the ability to express his emotions through art was inspiring.
Q6: Favorite activities to help you relax when not writing/creating?
Reggie: Playing video games, listening to music.
Q7: Any recent or upcoming promotional work you’d like to do now?
Reggie: I have a surprise project dropping July 1st, with Daily Drunk Magazine and then at the end of the summer I’ll be releasing my tenth book.
Q8: One of your favorite lines from a poem of yours?
Reggie: From my poem 'Look At Me' found in my book, Cuarentena: "I am black I am then I am now I am what's to come We are not less than We are equal We just want to be heard And not for your entertainment I am black And you will not take that away from me"
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
Reggie: A few people. Natalie Hernandez & Luis Delossantos taught me to not minimize the writing. Keep writing as it doesn’t matter how long it is or that it needs to stop at a certain length. Harold Fonseca, Elijah Horton taught me to expand the creativity. My love for music has now transcended into new territories as it has not only incorporated in my writing but I’ve had the pleasure of doing songwriting too. Also, Harold and Chris Butler have taught me to be the voice of a generation. In these last few years with everything going on in the world, the way I could ease my thoughts was in writing. I thank all of them for pushing me to the next level.
Bio: Follow R.D. Johnson on twitter @r_d_Johnson Check out his work on the Poetry Question with RDJ’s Replays https://thepoetryquestion.com/category/replay-rdj/ Read His work on dailydrunkmag.com R.D. Johnson is a pushcart nominee, a best of the net nominee for Fevers of the Mind “(Not Just On) Juneteenth”
Links to Reggie’s work on this blog.