with Robert J.W.
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Robert: I started writing poetry around 2004 when I was 16. It was a great release for the copious amounts of angst I felt at the time. My biggest influences back then were Charles Bukowski, Albert Camus, and Devin Townsend.
Q2: Who are some of your biggest influences today?
Robert: Probably Henry Rollins or Keith Buckley.
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing? Have any travels away from home influence your work?
Robert: I grew up in Morgantown, WV and still live here. I haven’t traveled much. It’s honestly influenced me more than I used to let on. I write about my experiences a lot.
Q4: What do you consider the most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far?
Robert: My poetry collection, Dusty Video Game Cartridges. I put my heart and soul into everything I do but moreso for that one.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a poet/writer?
Robert: Honestly, a video game called Max Payne got me into writing. His poetic and tortured inner monologue really resonated with me back then and I wanted to write similar things.
Q6: Favorite activities to relax?
Robert: Listen to music, play video games, exercise, hang with friends.
Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?
Robert: I’m working on a collection I think is going to be amazing but I don’t want to give away too much details just yet.
Q8: One of your favorite lines from a poem of yours?
Robert: From the previous mentioned collection. “We See God in the Progress we make.”
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
Robert: So many people. I’ve gotten sage advice from most of my friends in the writing community. But the one who will help you the most is yourself. Never give up.
Find Robert on Twitter @RobertJW4688