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About Editor David L O’Nan
David L O’Nan has been writing poetry & short stories for 20 years. He is founder and editor in chief of Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Art Press with his wife HilLesha. We have released 5 Anthologies of poetry & art since 2019. He has also Curated & edited “Avalanches in Poetry: Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen” which he’s about to work on a 2nd Leonard Cohen Inspired Anthology “Before I Turn Into Gold” coming in late September 2021. He has just put out a 500 page book combining 5 of his books available on Amazon “Bending Rivers” Poetry & Short Stories from David L O’Nan. His work has appeared in Icefloe Press, Anti-Heroin Chic Magazine, Royal Rose Magazine, Cajun Mutt Press, Dark Marrow/Rhythm & Bones Lit, Truly U, Spillwords, Punk Noir Magazine, Eat the Storms Podcast, Cajun Mutt Press features, Ghost City Press, 3 moon Publishing, Elephants Never, Nymphs Publishing, and of course at www.feversofthemind.com
Hi Clark, thanks for doing this interview. I’ve been a huge podcast listener for about 12 years or so now. It all started with old school wrestling podcasts, Kentucky basketball, then onto Comedy Bang! Bang! and then interview/documentary style shows. I have known you for a few years from Evansville where “Clockwork Nights” began, In and now you reside and do your podcast in Nashville. The podcast are interviews with creatives like yourself. Going in depth with interviews over music, art and more.
Q1: What are the podcasts that you’ve listened to through the years, and what lead to your decision to restart the Clockwork Nights podcast again after a small hiatus?
Clark: The first podcasts I remember hearing about were, This American Life by NPR and one of Kevin Smith’s early podcasts. Since then I’ve listened to various podcasts, ranging from cooking shows to the Michelle Obama podcast on Spotify. I love that a podcast can be about anything. For me, I needed to have intentional conversations again with friends and strangers alike. People I either respect or find inspiring. As we all know, the world has been turned upside down over the last couple of years with added layers of negativity. The podcast allows me to share these inspiring conversations with others.
Q2: Do you have a favorite podcast? Do you pick up tips from other podcasts that have translated to how you run your own show?
Clark: Absolutely. I’m always searching for ways to sonically produce the best sounding podcast. I love that some podcasts have branded themselves with merch and made their shows household names. Maybe I should do a run of Clockwork Nights coffee mugs? Would anyone buy that for Christmas?
My Nashville buddies Clint and Ethan run the number one Metallica fan podcast called Metal Up Your Podcast. With just their podcast they’ve created a great sub culture for fans of metal music. I’ve actually made a few friends through their podcast. It’s funny to think about how a band like Metallica can inspire a podcast and as a result you make friends that you now can’t dream a world without.
Q3: You’ve lived in Evansville, Indiana, currently in Nashville and if I remember right you’ve also spent time in Germany? How was living out of the states, and how did that help shape your current personality? (myself I went from a small town in Kentucky to a huge city in New Orleans and then to smaller cities in the Midwest. The culture change from small town Kentucky to a culture pot like New Orleans rally helped me in figuring out how to be a more well rounded person at 19 years old at the time)
Yes born and raised in the Evansville area. Lived for a minute in Oklahoma in middle school and moved to Germany when I was 19 years old for about three years.
Clark: Any time I’ve spent outside of my surroundings and comfort I believe has changed me for the better. Germany specifically at the time helped me understand that there’s more to life than American politics and a worldview that exists between democrats and republicans. For example they have around five main political parties. For me, I found myself having the opportunity to compare all that I knew in middle America with a culture that has been around for centuries. Plus… beer dude!
Q4: You really put yourself out there at times showing that you’ve dealt with anxieties through your life and how you’re overcoming that with exercise, eating right & more. Are you finding that it is hard to keep a consistent schedule to keep a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically? What are the challenges and benefits to maintaining a positive outlook?
Clark: I think everyone’s greatest challenge is to remember to be nice to themselves. Regardless of what routine you follow, it’s all for nothing if you aren’t doing it to better yourself first. So please be kind and nice to yourself! Keeping a consistent schedule definitely helps. Like all habits, it takes time to break the old ones and time to instill the new ones. Be patient and keep your goals in mind. Let your goals motivate you more than keeping a rigid schedule.
Q5: I know you’ve been playing music your whole life, and also do some production work including the podcast. When did you start playing music? What attracted you to wanting to play your first instruments, and when did you join your first band?
Clark: I’ve been attracted to loud noises for as long as I can remember. When I was a baby my mom would know I was awake from naps because I was either pulling things off of my dresser or I’d be pounding my feet against the crib. So naturally, I gravitated towards drums. I got my first snare drum for Christmas when I was seven. I still have it. It’s sitting right next to me.
I joined my first band at the age of 12. I played drums and sang! We were somewhere between The Melvins and whatever 90s pop punk bands… We were raw, out of tune and just explosive.
Q6: How many bands have you played in and do you enjoy the production side of music more and just doing projects with people here and there, or a consistent traveling and performing concerts?
Clark: I’ve lost count… Nine bands? I haven’t toured much ironically. So I’d love to do that more. I do love the production side, but I also love having my head in the middle of all the noise while performing. It’s a toss up!
Q7: What are some of your favorite concert shows you’ve attended (locally and otherwise)?
Clark: Local shows. My favorite shows ended up being in the basement of the Hockey House on 2nd Street or friends houses in Evansville, Indiana. Bigger bands… Motorhead was fun. Making eye contact with Lemmy was both intimidating and enchanting. I’ve burnt myself out on this one, but Turnstile all day for current bands. They put on a really fun show.
Q8: What is one of the strangest happenings that have occurred at one of your jobs?
Clark: Keeping one! I’m a creative through and through. Staying committed to the grind has its challenges.
Q9: What are your goals with Clockwork Nights? Are you wanting to keep it mostly with the Nashville scene and with friends and creatives you know, or hopes to expand it to entertain the possibility of interviewing a wider variety of people?
Clark: To connect with people regardless of who they are and what their background is. The guests are from all over. Previously I had sorta cornered myself to only interviewing musicians from my hometown. Now, I just want to talk to whoever I find inspiring. I think since the relaunch the show has done pretty well at having a variety of guests on. Which will continue!
Q10: Please give us some links, any social media info, patreon info and in general where one can hear “Clockwork Nights” Podcast.
Ron Riekki is a poet/writer/editor from Michigan and has been published by several publications such as Juked, The Threepenny Review, Wigleaf, Akashic Books, Beloit Poetry Journal, Spillway, Rattle and many more. He has produced/written films that have been submitted to the SooFilmFest Screenings in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. This years festival dates are currently September 15-19th. This year “Thank You For Your Teeth” is his submission to this film festival directed by George ve Gänæaard & Horia Cucută. He has written several shorts & screenplays.
Ron has compiled and has written several poetry & fiction books included a book of essays based on "Stephen King's It" titled "The Many Lives of It: Essays on the Stephen King Horror Franchise"
Another unique concept for an anthology that Ron has edited is “The Way North” Collected Upper Peninsula New Works which is a collection of writing from several contributors that are writers either from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or are based on the territory. Writers such as Steve Hamilton, Catie Rosemurgy, Keith Taylor, Jonathan Johnson, John Smolens, and Ellen Airgood are included in this Michigan Writing collection.
“My Ancestors Are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction” is a book of stories and poetry through the eyes of a Saami-American that deals with struggles of today’s world through metaphors and verse.
An anthology edited by Ron “Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice” is a nice collection of Great Lakes region poets and writers that speak on diversity, social justice, and poet laureates of the region putting out some of their most meaningful works. Poets such as Rita Dove, Lauren McClung, Karla Huston, Joyce Sutphen, Zora Howard, Wendy Vardaman, Marvin Bell and much more are included in this collection.
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Jennifer: I wrote little stories about the squirrels in the front yard of my childhood home at the age of six but began to take writing more seriously at the age of nine. I was really into The Babysitters Club books by Ann M. Martin. I loved reading so much and making up stories to tell my siblings and cousins so it just made sense to me that I should be writing them down. One of my favorite Babysitters Club characters, Mallory Pike, wanted to be an author too and kept a journal so of course I followed suit. It also makes sense that a fictional character was my biggest influence back then as well. I was a very imaginative child and I sought solace in characters from books and TV. Most of my childhood writings were fan fiction.
Q2: Who is your biggest influence today?
Jennifer: I read a lot so it’s very difficult to pinpoint a single influence. I’ve also met a lot of people over my lifetime who have become poems. Some of them were people I only encountered once. I’m influenced by a lot, but for the sake of answering the question I’ll list some writers who have inspired me: Walt Whitman, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Diane Burns, Sherman Alexie, and Willliam S. Burroughs.
3. Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art?
Jennifer: I lived in Detroit, MI until I was thirteen years old and then Springhill, FL until my late twenties. Since my writing now is mostly nostalgic, both of these places and life events I experienced there have heavily influenced my writing. I’m not going to spill my traumas here—my life has never been easy—but both places hold huge signifiance for me on many levels. Michigan will always be home and the place I return to in my mind the most. It’s the only place I’ve lived in that had all four seasons and I’ve come to learn how that cyclic change is very important for my well-being. Times were somewhat easier and simpler then so I associate that place with so much goodness. The desire and hope that I will be able to move back and hopefully die there eventually is all over my writing. Florida is influential for a lot of other reasons. It’s a place I avoid as much as possible, except in my writing, because there’s so much about living there that I really would love to just purge. I grew up in different ways in both places so they’re both definitely in my work.
Q4: Have any travels away from home influenced work & describe?
Jennifer: I have not traveled much in my lifetime for the sole purpose of traveling. The two trips I have taken for vacation purposes were in my twenties. I went to Las Vegas once and when friends fell in love with the place and wanted to live here someday, I told them all they were crazy and I would never even consider it. Well, life had other plans. I currently live in Las Vegas and believe me, I never imagined I’d live here and I’ll admit I’m still not a very big fan of it. It is way too hot for my liking. Living in three different parts of the United States at various stages in my life that are so vastly different from each other is a definite influence. Every new place created a whole new me. I had to grow and adapt to new ages, maturity levels, locations, and worsening chronic illnesses. As I said before, I hope my next and last stop will be home again.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be an artist/poet/writer?
When I was nine this old man who ran a neighborhood newsletter asked my friends and I if any of us wrote or drew pictures and wanted to be featured in it. I liked writing creepy stories and had a lot of them so it was perfect that he specifically asked for something spooky because it was October. I wrote a few stories for the newsletter until he ran out of money to keep it going. He gifted me an old typewriter and that was when I knew I would be writing for the rest of my life. I was addicted to that thing. I typed up every thought in my head and annoyed my sister with the clunky sounds it made. It broke beyond repair right before I moved with my family down to Florida, but by then computers were becoming the thing. I learned to type early but I still kept notebooks and that continues today. Sometimes I have better flow with the keyboard, other times I can only write with the pen.
Q6: Favorite activities when not writing/creating to relax?
Jennifer: What is this “relax” thing that you speak of? laughs As I said I love to read. I’ll read just about anything. I prefer darker literature, memoir type stuff, and poetry the most though. I’m also a huge lover of film. I can spend entire days watching movies and due to chronic pain, I often do. I also listen to a lot of different types of music and that can be relaxing too, especially if I’m in the mood to sing along. I’m also a huge fan of phone calls. Most people hate the phone but the rare few I know that I can talk with for hours are treasured by me.
Forthcoming, some of my microfiction will be published in a horror anthology. It’s going to be a collection of #horrorprompt tweets from over the years by those who participate in the writing prompt over on Twitter. https://twitter.com/horrorprompt
Q8: One of your favorite lines from one of your poems/songs?
"but I'm certain
of sounds from the dark
keeping me awake,
of navigating postictal
through tunneled hallways,
& of the last image
I recall before the long fall"
I can't ever pick favorites, but this stanza from a poem I wrote called “After the Shock” sticks out in my mind at the moment. My “epilepsy poems” often stand out for me. Some of them I've written while my head is still in that post-seizure, postictal state and that's always a surprise to find while I'm editing. Being diagnosed with epilepsy has changed so much of my life and the way I write. It's something I'll never escape from because it's my own brain.
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
Jennifer: There are two people. My high school drama/English teacher for telling me “Wow, these aren't your typical angsty teen poems” while reading my work. He was a writer himself and he gave me a lot of advice and encouragement to keep learning, writing, and improving. I still remember our talks about writing and I learned more in those conversations than in my entire high school career.
The second was a dear writer/editor friend of mine that I corresponded with for many years who unfortunately passed away in 2013. He helped me break through a lot during discouraged times in my life where I was ready to call it quits when it came to the whole writing thing. I'll never forget either one of them or the advice they so kindly offered to me.
Thank you, Fevers of the Mind, for wanting to interview me.
Bio: Jennifer Patino is an enrolled LCO Ojibwe poet residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. When she isn’t writing through the throes of living with chronic illnesses she can be found obsessing over film, devouring a stack of half-read books, or jamming out to an eclectic array of music. She also will put corn on just about anything. She blogs at www.thistlethoughts.com.