A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Adora Williams

Q1: When did you start writing and who influenced you the most?

Adora: My biggest influences have always been modernists such as T.S Eliot, Walt Whitman and the feminists poets such as Sylvia Plath. Plus, I worship Sappho. Currently, the poetic work of Lana Del Rey has been inspiring to me.

Q2: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Adora: I never thought I would be a writer. I’ve always written, thought. So I thought I should as well submit something. I began submitting stuff this year and have had a good number of acceptances. I’m amazed by that.

Q3: Who has helped you most with writing and career?

Adora: My writing career was journals lol I had never thought of doing it professionally until a couple of years ago. The person who has most supported me is my friend J.P Vianini. I have some talks with that that became poems.

Q4: Where did you grow up and how did that influence you? Have any travels influenced your work?

Adora: I grew up in Brazil and the only time I spent outside of it I was depressed. What is within me inspires me most than any other thing. I have an obsession with the relations between the soul and the “self”.

Q5: What do you consider your most meaningful work creatively to you?

Adora: My everlasting project, “The Genesis of Language” is my baby. I’ve been pondering the relations of language and time for a while and I can’t get enough of language-inspired poems.

Q6: Favorite activities to relax?

Adora: Thinking.

Q7: What is a favorite line/ stanza/lyric from your writing?

Adora: Life is a huge reinterpretation of itself.

Q8:What kind of music inspires you the most? What is a song that always comes back to you as an inspiration?

I like folk music. Joni Mitchell is my all time favourite artist in all aspects. Among the new ones I like Lana Del Rey. Her artistic vision has done so much to our time.

Q9: Do you have any recent or upcoming books, music, events, etc that you would like to promote?

I have a chapbook being published by Alien Buddha Press in October 5th and my book in Portuguese, Mulher Poesia, will be published in Brazil in December as well.

Bonus Question: Any funny memory or strange occurrence you’d like to share during your creative journey?

Once I actually went through a crazy situation in a tavern only to get inspired to write a poem then. And that’s all I’m going to share about that.

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Bio: Adora Williams has degrees in Journalism and Languages and writes poetry in Portuguese and English. She lives in a historic region of Brazil. Her poetry anthology, Mulher Poesia, in Portuguese is being published in Brazil and Portugal in December 2022.

Twitter: @adoralwilliams

Instagram: @adorawilliamspoetry

Substack: thecreativecatalyst.substack.com