Q: How old were you when first started writing poetry?
A: When I was about five or six years old. But I didn't get serious about it until high school.
Q: Why do you write?
A: Writing poetry is one of the very few things that relaxes me. I'd lose my mind if I didn't write.
Q: Who do you write for?
A: Friends and family. They are the ones who inspire me to keep writing.
Q: How often do you write?
A: Almost every other night.
Q: What's your writing process like?
A: It's always the same. And it's always late at night - usually after 9 p.m. I sit down at my desk, turn on some music, open my journal and let go. Whatever I'm feeling or thinking finds its way onto the page sooner or later. I tend to write for 60 to 90 minutes at a time. Then I call it a night and go to bed.
Q: How long does it take you to finish a poem?
A: That varies. Sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes 10 months. It depends on the poem. I trust her to let me know when she's done.
Q: Who is your favorite poet?
A: That changes every couple of years. It was Emily Dickinson for a long time. Then it was Langston Hughes. Then it was Jorge Luis Borges. Right now it's Charles Bukowski.
Q: How would you describe your poetry?
A: Personal. Emotional. Intimate. But by definition I write mostly open-form verse.
Q: What topics do you like to write about the most?
A: Love, sex, drugs, art, music, nature, depression. Anything and everything.
Q: What do you want to accomplish with your poetry? What is your goal?
A: Writing poetry is a lifelong apprenticeship. I just want to be in the poem and do good work.