"My writing poetry started with loving to read poetry, and, like anything else I was interested in, which would also include acting and playing the guitar, I tried to do something to try my own hand at it. I was lucky enough to have some early success which proved to be like a motivator to keep going on."
"When did you know poetry was going to be *the* thing for you?"
"I guess when I got the first fellowship, and it seemed like that was sort of a confirming, coming from people who knew what they were doing. That was one of the great boosters for me, that what I was putting out seemed to be of value to some people."