Interview with Heath Brougher

A: Pretty much once I learned how to write. I’ve found notebooks as far back as the 2nd grade.
A:  As far as contemporary poets go, I’d definitely have to say Heller Levinson, Felino A. Soriano, Alan Britt, Daniel Y. Harris, Duane Locke, Mark Young, and I could go on forever. As far as really important up and coming writers go, my favorites are Scott Thomas Outlar, Matt Duggan, Don Beukes, Phillip Elliot, Josh Dale, Margo Emm, and I could go on here for a really long time as well. Also, YOU, Adam Levon Brown! I’ve watched your writing evolve so far in such a short period of time. I’m really excited to see what you’re going to do in the future.
A:   I don’t really have a set time. When I feel that inspiration hit I’ll just stop whatever I’m doing and start writing. I’ve been so busy lately that most of my writing has been done at night, when I can really dig in and get lost in it.
A:   I’ve been asked this one a million times and still don’t have an answer. It’s cathartic. That’s what I usually say, though, I think it’s really been more of a NEED during my life.
A: “Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
A: DO NOT submit a poem you have just written. Unfortunately this is a lesson I’m just learning myself. Ha! Let the poem sit until you’re SURE it’s exactly the way you wanted it to turn out no matter how many edits it takes. I’ve had many, to me, very embarrassing poems published because of this.
A: I have published 3 chapbooks and 2 full lengths with 3 other collections forthcoming. My newest book is titled “To Burn in Torturous Algorithms” and was published by Weasel Press. It is the first book of a specific way of writing I stumbled upon back when I was 17 years old which I’ve termed Spiralism. I’ve been developing the first 3 books of Spiralism in my head for the last 20 years. The first book Spiralism can be purchased at Amazon (along with my other books)  or at the website of Weasel Press which is https://www.weaselpress.com/product-page/to-burn-in-torturous-algorithms 
Thank you very much for the interview.


Heath Brougher is the co-poetry editor of Into the Void Magazine, winner of the 2017 Saboteur Award for Best Magazine. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Nominee and has had his work translated into 5 other languages. Since he began submitting the 20 years of his “life’s work” as of 4 years ago he has been published in journals in 25 countries.

 

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