Interview with Fee Thomas

Q: When did you start writing?

 

A: My parents say that I began to read early and the writing followed that naturally. I didn’t speak much as a kid, just the reading and writing.


Q: Who are your biggest inspirations/your favourite writers?

 

A:  Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Elie Wiesel, Viktor Frankl, CS Lewis, EE Cummings, Dick Gregory, Senator Robert Kennedy, Iyanla Vanzant, Kahlil Gibran, Rumi, The Apostle Paul, Dr. King, Oprah Winfrey, Harper Lee, Marianne Williamson, Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking,  Paul Tillich, James Baldwin, Tupac, John Macquarrie, Bob Dylan…this list is going to get Real long and Real interesting in a minute…


Q: What time of day do you do most of your writing?
A: It seems to start around three in the morning until it’s done with me.


Q:  Why do you write?

A: It saves me. And in doing so, it saves the people that love me.


Q: Do you have any favourite quotes from writers?
A: “You did the best that you knew how. Now that you know better, you’ll do better.” – Dr. Maya Angelou’s quote has been a saving grace.


Q: What is one piece of advice you would give new/aspiring writers?

A:  Fuck what people think about you, if you belong and especially about where you come from. None of that is any of your business or concern. You go ahead and make a place for yourself if you have to.


Q: Do you have any collections, chapbooks, or other books available for people to purchase?

A: Yes, thank you for asking. I have a chapbook called Owning the Color Blue . It is out and available through Clare Songbirds Publishing House


Bio: Fee Thomas is a poet and activist from North Minneapolis. She is particularly concerned with Civil Rights and the preservation of the arts which she credits for saving her life. Fee is happiest sitting on the grass writing songs with her guitar. 

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