Featured Interview With kay gardner
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
i’m a poet all the time, sometimes to the dismay of people around me, who become the object of the vacant stare of a poem clamoring to be written. i’m in love with words, my cats, really good coffee, and i’m a sucker for a well-crafted line (i’ll stop what i’m doing so i can write it down). i’m also a bit of a grammar nazi, which serves me well in proofreading others’ works. i was raised in memphis, but i live in a small town about three hours away, and i love it.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
i’ve loved books ever since i can remember. my grandmother would read to me, and when she was busy, i taught myself to read (“the runaway pancake” no less!). i would go to the library and check out stacks of books, read them voraciously, and be ready to go back the next day. as for writing, i started writing poetry off and on at an early age also, but it didn’t really take until college. that’s when my muse decided to move in full-time.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
favorites? i read everything i can get my hands on! poetry, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, romance, whatever. two books i re-read on a regular basis are “shogun” by james clavell and “good omens: the nice and accurate prophecies of agnes nutter, witch” by neil gaiman and terry pratchett. i take inspiration for my poetry from emily dickinson, e.e. cummings, and robert frost.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
my latest book is “disappearing me,” and it’s a memoir of sorts. it’s poetry, with an intermission in the middle with a few of my favorite recipes. the poems were written over a period of a few years, and i compiled them into the memoir. most of them were originally published in “shattered dreams,” a book i collaborated on with another poet.
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