Featured Interview With Kevin Hagan
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Portland, Oregon. I was in the closet until my early 30’s I have a mood disorder I believe might have been largely fueled by forcing myself to pretend to be straight so longI was cowardly and didn’t come out out of fear. Like a soldier who wounds themselves in fearing to be wounded or killed. Coming out was a great liberation. I have a wonderful partner now. I attended Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon and majored in Political Science. I live in Oregon now.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I realized I was fascinated with books when I was 8 and read Cosmos by Carl Sagan my first adult non fiction book. My father helped me a bit with some of the heavier concepts like special relativity but overall I feel like I had good comprehension even at that tender age. I started writing in my teens, principally bad science fiction and now hopefully good poetry.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite author is William Shakespeare by far, in the field of Poetry I love Lord Byron, Shelley, Poe, Frost, Cummings, Angelou and Tennyson to name a few. I also love science fiction. My favorite science fiction novel is Dune followed by the entire Baxter Xeelee sequence and the entire XX01 series by Clarke and its expanded universe with Baxter. Lately I have been reading a lot of Bova and his grand tour and of course I greatly admire the Mars Trilogy by Robinson. What inspires me is good writing of any kind. For pure technical admiration there is in my opinion no living author that can presently hold a candle to Cormac McCarthy the Blood Meridian is the most technically beautiful book I have ever read by a living author.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest “Hatter and Lilith Tales from the Queer Asylum” by K. R. Hagan is an exploration mental illness throughout history as well as the conjunction of madness and coming out and an exploration of how privilege can actually be a detriment to a smooth coming out and can stunt ones growth as a person. I am very excited about this work. It has poems from when I was in the closet prior to even deciding to formally come out, poems from when after I decided to but before execution and of course even post coming out poems. It also has sympathetic poems to people in difficult mental situations and about the horrifying history of the way that LGBTQ people have been treated in this and other countries. The book is a compilation of poetry written over half a decade. I have another book in the works that expands more on my lost out life that will be forthcoming this summer.
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