A: Probably in kindergarten. I used to make these little “books,” which were actually just sheets of printer paper stapled together. I still have a lot of them. My favorite one is called The Comb and the Bear, and it’s about a talking comb that gets chased by a talking bear. Apparently the bear is chasing the comb because it “wants to comb his fur.”
A: Other than Sylvia Plath and J. D. Salinger and a couple of others, most of my favorite writers are still young and alive. I love Sam Pink, Noah Cicero, Chelsea Martin, Shy Watson, and about a million others. I keep buying all these cool books from indie presses. I’ve been doing it for years. I’m running out of space and money but I’m cool with it.
A: I don’t really understand writers who sit down at the same time every single day and have specific goals for how many words they write. Sometimes I’ll go months without writing anything other than pointless social media updates. When I’m not writing I’m usually reading, though. Reading is labor for me because it’s something I do to help improve my own style. It’s enjoyable labor, though. I think I actually like reading more than writing. I just write when I have something to say. Otherwise the poems seem forced and uh, not very “good.”
A: I feel like I’ve answered this question like 1,000 times in other interviews, but I’ll answer it again since my reason for writing always changes. If you asked me this a few years ago, I’d probably say something dramatic like, “I write so I don’t kill myself.” At this point I don’t think I would die if I stopped writing and starting playing tennis instead. I’d just be a lot more depressed and bored. So to answer your question, I write to kill time and boredom. I also just like the idea of documenting my life. I have a bad memory, so it helps me remember who I am or something.
A: “i feel like ‘The Reason’ by Hoobastank is the perfect song to play outside of your loved one’s window on a boombox after disappointing them with your love for ‘The Reason’ by Hoobastank.” ––Kat Giordano
A: If you wanna be a poet…don’t be that person who says, “I love ya, brother!” to other poets in person but then talks shit on them the second they leave. Also don’t attack other poets on the Internet. Most of your readers are going to be other poets. Don’t be dumb. Learn to calmly and respectfully disagree with things. Oh, unless we’re talking about sexual predators. Put those people on blast, always.
B. Diehl is the author of the poetry collections Ballpoint Penitentiary and Zeller’s Alley. His work has been published by Hobart, BOAAT Press, Literary Orphans, Words Dance, Maudlin House, CLASH Media, and other venues. He is also one of two editors of Philosophical Idiot. When he’s not writing, editing, or breathing in dust at his warehouse job, he’s usually hanging out with his cats.
You can find him on the web at www.mynameisb.net.