It's not exactly correct to call Ed Romond a "local poet." Although he lives in the area, his work has been published in college anthologies, read on NPR by Garrison Keillor, and heard at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. He read on Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church on Ferry Street, where I got a chance to speak with him.
"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."
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