with David Centorbi
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
David: Grade school. I wrote a story that was science-fictiony. It involved Mickey Mouse and GI Joe flying around on a rocket and then landing on Pluto and starting a city. That is where it ended. After that, I started writing in Undergrad.
Influences: The New York School of Poetry, especially Frank O’Hara. Dada and Surrealism. Also Hunter S Thompson. Pablo Nuerda.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
David: Today. It is Frank O’Hara. Monty Python. Eugene Levy. Christopher Guest. Wes Anderson. Dorothy Day. Ammon Hennacy.
Q3: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
David: Undergrad. I was writing and getting published and doing performance art and language art influenced by Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, and Christopher Wool.
Q4: Who has helped you most with writing?
David: Not enough people, my writing still needs a lot of help.
Q5: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing & did any travels away from home influence your work?
David: : I grew up in St Clair Shores, Michigan, on Lake St Clair. I boated and fished. I hated fishing. Stopped as soon as I could. I never had a boat, but many of my friends did, so I was on their boats. We went “Up North” as they call it in Michigan, which I considered any place north that took two hours to get to, which were more houses on the water and “in the woods”. None of this influenced my writing.
Q6: What do you consider your most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far to you?
David: My most meaningful work was my 50 page MFA thesis in poetry in the 90s from the University of Arizona. Now, it is my Ebook from Daily Drunk Press: AFTER FALLING INTO DISARRAY. And my book from Alien Buddha Press: LANDSCAPES OF YOU AND ME.
Q7: Favorite activities to relax?
David: I would be divulging too much–TMI. Except. I still like boating and being “in the woods”. But mostly I do the TMI far more now.
Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem of yours or others?
David: The Long Loneliness which is the title of the Autobiography by the cofounder of the Catholic Worker Movement, Dorothy Day.
Q9: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?