Many thanks to Heid E. Erdrich for inviting me to respond during the “My Writing Process” international blog tour, an activity originating with some terrific writers including LeAnne Howe. You can read Heid’s responses to the prompts about writing and the writing process at the Original Local Blog.
Heid E. Erdrich is the author of many uncanny books of poetry, start with Fishing For Myth and work your way forward.
The questions I must answer:
1. What are you working on?
I’m currently editing my first book of poetry, whittling 138 poems down to 90 or less. It’s like the literary equivalent of the movie Gladiator.
2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
The poems in my manuscript are a direct reflection of my life in South Minneapolis. Themes include Native American appropriations, gentrification, etc.
3. Why do you write what you do?
These poems are directly related to my life, they are a reflection of the ups and downs on my literary roller coaster.
4. How does your writing process work?
I’m fairly new to poetry so right now it works like this: Inspiration can hit me anytime, whether it’s from my history or a topic of current event, I stop what I’m doing and write down as much as I can.
The poems are then locked away for as long as I can take it. Once a good amount of time has passed I go over it line by line, editing and improving.
The writers I nominate to continue this tour are Emily Johnson and Trevino Brings Plenty.
Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. Originally from Alaska, she is based in Minneapolis. Since 1998 she has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment—interacting with a place’s architecture, history, and role in community. Her work is currently supported by Creative Capital, Map Fund, a Joyce Award, the McKnight Foundation, and The Doris Duke Residency to Build Demand for the Arts. Emily is a current Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota and a 2014 Fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency. She was a Loft INROADS mentee in 2010 and performed at EQ this past November.
Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a poet and musician who lives, works, and writes in Portland, OR. He is singer/ songwriter /guitarist for the musical ensemble Ballads of Larry Drake. He has read/performed his work at poetry festivals as far away as Amman, Jordan and close to his home base at Portland’s Wordstock Festival.
KEEP TOURING with Trevino L. Brings Plenty