with Doug Stuber:
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Doug: I started writing poems about age 10. I had my first publication at age 12. The poem is called “Play”. My early influences were Frost, Cummings and Neruda.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
Doug: Charles Bukowski
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing? Did any travels away from home inspire you to write?
Doug: I grew up in frigid Rochester NY. But summers were on Canandaigua Lake and that lake shows up in poems as its history and mythology
I have travelled to 32 countries including the I terms too so Peace Walk in Russia in 1987. Work as a journalist sent me all over the world. As a poet I was hired as a professor at Chonnam National University in South Korea. I wrote four books of poetry there. More natural phenomenon to incorporate
Q4: What do you consider the most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far?
Doug: Poetry ranks ahead of music and art because it’s gotten the farthest in the real world and is the most refined. Lately the paintings are good, and my old band may practice again soon. It’s been 18 years. Ha. 248 art exhibits, 42 solo shows. I’m a nomad but poetry is my best place.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
Doug: Certainly getting published at age 12 was a big boost and like music and painting, I never gave up. But poetry led to profs or ships, while art led to art colonies and music paid instant results with crowd approval.
Q6: Favorite activities to relax?
Doug: I like to sweat to relax so I thin and manage a Forrest with a hatchet. Very soothing. I swim too.
Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?
Doug: Our next reading is September 16th at Larry’s Coffee in Raleigh. Heron Clan VIII just came out,and Katherine James Books published Elio Soldi’s “We Invent Our Prayers” and we added an Irish editor:Anne McMaster, and one from China Wun Keun Ng.
Q8: What is a favorite line from one of your poems or others?
Doug: “We’ve woven a web, you and I”
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
Doug: Donald Hall helped me most. I met him when I was 16 and he guided many a rewrite. The nicest man, and serious man if letters.