Assiduous Dust Podcast Interview by Josh Corwin, where I talk about a whole lot of things.
I met Joshua Corwin at my Virtual Dire Literary Series, and am grateful to be invited on his podcast. Link on Spotify below. My part of the podcast starts at around the 63 minute mark. I talk about writing, what I was like as a 12 year old, The Dire Series, and my novel, Joe the Salamander where the protagonist, Joe is a neurodiverse individual--- which probably is the reason, Josh Corwin and I connected.
Some quotes: "12 year old Timmy would not know what the fuck that poem was about"
"Writers need to wear their bruises and their trauma like pride"
"When I"m writing my inner editor is screaming at me, "YOU SUCK" and I need to be like, "screw you." and when I'm done, "Shut up!" “What I like about the indy bookstore is that it’s a comfortable little meeting place, and each store has a certain character to it. Each indy bookstore is different in different ways. Indies are also friendly to indy writers.”
Below is the show and description, taken directly from joshuacorwin.com.
Host Joshua Corwin interviews award-winning poets Marc Olmsted and Timothy Gager. Olmsted shares about sex with Allen Ginsberg & meditation with Rinpoche Chögyam Trungpa; Gager gives us a sneak peek at his new autism novel. Listen to them share their latest work and create on-the-spot poems with your host.
Los Angeles native Joshua Corwin is a neurodiverse,
Pushcart-nominated poet with a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in philosophy
from Pitzer College ('19). His debut poetry collection, Becoming Vulnerable, details his
experience with autism, addiction, sobriety and spirituality (Baxter Daniels
Ink Press/International Word Bank). Corwin hosts the poetry podcast “Assiduous
Dust,” home of the on-the-spot collaborative poem (OTSCP). He teaches
self-exploration through poetry to neurodiverse addicts in recovery at The
Miracle Project, an autism nonprofit, held at The Wallis Annenberg Center for
the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California. He writes to honor his
grandpa, Mert, whose last words to him were “Don’t ever stop writing.”