A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with J Matthew Waters

with J Matthew Waters

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

J Matthew: I remember writing stories as early as the 6th grade. Early influences included Ernest Hemingway, J D Salinger, and Emily Dickinson

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

J Matthew: Seamus Heaney, Gary Snyder, Charles Bukowski would be a few names that come to mind. I also follow many WordPress poets and I would be remiss if I didn’t say many of them have an influence on me.

Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing?

J Matthew: I grew up in Davenport, Iowa where the Mississippi runs from east to west. Living in the midwest definitely influenced my poetry by having a more simplistic approach and a down to earth feel.

Q4: Have any travels away from home influence your work/describe?

J Matthew: In May of 2000 I spent 11 days in Greece where I joined a 6-day classical tour throughout the country, sandwiched between staying in Athens and a day trip to the Aegean island. To this day I will occasionally reference my time there into a poem or parts of poems.

Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

J Matthew: In the first grade we had a “what do you want to be when you grow up” event that was attended by the students’ parents and lo & behold I chose “artist

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

J Matthew: I’m an avid cyclist by logging over 3000 miles per year. I also enjoy speed skating, gardening, hiking, and visiting craft breweries

Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?

J Matthew: My next poetry chapbook is being published by Raw Earth Ink and editor Tara Caribou. We don’t have a launch date yet but I’m personally hoping sometime in August.

Q8: What is a favorite line from a poem/writing of yours or others?

J Matthew:

from my poem entitled Paper Tigers:

their emerald eyes shined\
from the darkest corners\
of the night reminding me\
of a love I once had

Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?

J Matthew: I’ll turn 60 years of age this year and I would say there have been many mentors in my writing life over the years. When I was a senior at the University of Iowa the poet Bill Knott showed an interest in me and motivated me to delve deeper into the subjects I was interested in writing.


2 poems from Fevers of the Mind Anthologies by J Matthew Waters


By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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