We will be putting out new print/kindle anthologies in the next few months. Including Fevers of the Mind 5 & 6 within the next few months & a sequel to mark the 5 years since Leonard Cohen’s death anthology “Before I Turn Into Gold” which will feature updated versions of my poems in the first Anthology, 10 or so from the 1st Anthology & submissions this whole year from the blog and submissions to our e-mail email@example.com
If you’d like to submit for a future anthology check some of our topics listed on the front page or from our July Themes page
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
M.S.: I started writing when I was very young, but didn’t share any of it. In 2019 I gave myself permission to finally go for it.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
M.S.: I’m currently diving into work by Bukowski, Louise Gluck and Franz Wright. Tom Waits is a musical constant
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art?
M.S.: I grew up in in Seattle, in an old farmhouse. It’d been a speakeasy during the Prohibition era and strange things happened to everyone that stayed there. Nature in the Pacific NW influenced me deeply. I became involved in environmental activism at a young age, which led me to the labor movement. Nature, ghosts, and activism are definitely recurring topics in my writing.
Apparently Gary Snyder grew up in the same neighborhood. I like to think there’s a rebellious nature spirit there that drops in on kids’ dreams.
Q4: Have any travels away from home influence your work?
M.S.: In 2010 I traveled to Wales to meet my penpal. I married him, poor bloke. His belief in me has been invaluable.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer/artist?
M.S.: I’ve always had a drive to capture what I witness. Before I owned a camera or started really writing, this desire to capture a moment was like a physical pain. I knew I had a unique perspective, but I’ve not always been sure how to share it, or if anyone would appreciate it. I’m still not sure, but that doesn’t seem to matter now.
Q6: Favorite activities to relax?
M.S.: Making art: linocuts, dolls, jewelry, painting. Walking, taking photographs. daydreaming. Sometimes all at once.
(Some pins I made getting a little extra UV curing: Mary MacLane, James Joyce, Linton Kwesi Johnson.)
Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?
M.S.: I’m currently working on my first poetry collection, and also cooking up a project with Ice Floe Press where I’ll be a guest reader.
My first exhibit, “Permanent Migrant” is now wrapping up here in Butte.
Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from one of your poem/writings or others?
“Roll rough Yiddish, like bone dice against a home’s foundation.”
-from “Red Shadows”, Ice Floe Press, 2020.
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
M.S.: I’m indebted to Matthew M C Smith of Black Bough Poetry for his mentorship. Through Matthew I also met Robert Frede Kenter, a gentle, intuitive editor. They’ve both shown me so much kindness. I hope to pay it forward someday
Her free spirit,
howling to the moons
onto the prairies of wildflowers
Away from the fearful woods
Where the other wolves scower
The hunters, the scavengers
Looking to trample the peace from the sky
Into the footprints, in the mud
She is the Faelen wolf, the free spirit
The beautiful belle,
The wolf always running in the wind
The blue skies, the painful skies
in the night hides, the other wolves cry
But she follows her own echoes
She is the leader of her freedom
To drink in the clear water, the purity
To wander away from the diseases of
the laughter, the bleeding smiles of the fake.
Dancing in pirouettes, live free my little wolf
My Faelen wolf,
the run with the night wolf
Not the escape the night to be a predatorial wolf
She breathes in the heart of the wildflowers,
and lives in an endless ballet.
Happy birthday to my Faelen.