Hello everyone, I am excited to share this great interview that I had with Martha Silano. If you aren’t familiar with her, Martha is an author of four books, a poet, and also a teacher at Bellevue College. I was blessed to get in touch with her and luckily she agreed to answer just a few questions.
Arganise: What style of writing interest you?
Martha: I’m interested in poetry and essays, primarily. I also enjoy reading memoirs and nonfiction.
Arganise: How long have you’ve been writing?
Martha: I’ve been writing poetry since I was 7 years old.
Arganise: What inspired you to be an author?
Martha: Emily Dickinson inspired me to become an author, as did JD Salinger and Kurt Vonnegut.
Arganise: Anything new to expect from you?
Martha: I am currently working on two poetry manuscripts. The first is titled MISSION BOULEVARD and deals with personal identity. It uses space travel as a metaphor for the obstacles that get in the way of achieving autonomy and one’s full creative potential. The second poetry manuscript I am working on deals with the evolution of the English language, including etymologies and grammar, and proverbs and riddles, as well as extinct/endangered languages such as the Tlingit, Sellkum, and so-called whistling languages.
Arganise: Any advice to writers?
Martha: My advice to writers? Write what obsesses you, listen and learn from writing teachers/mentors/critiques, and keep at it. Writers face a lot of rejection, and it takes a long time to gain even a modicum of recognition. Writing in the community helps, so seek out others whose work you admire, and get together and write together when time allows. If you can’t find time to write with others in real time, swap writing prompts via email. It’s also important to meet deadlines and make writing time a priority, scheduling it into your day or week as you do with physical exercise. Most of all, believe in your vision and voice, that which cannot be imitated ~ what Stanley Kunitz refers to as our ‘own cracked tune.’ That tune might sound off-key to editors at first, but give them time. If your voice is strong and your writing is standout, editors will start to take notice. Practice patience, persistence, and practice ~ the 3Ps!
Martha has truly taught me a lot from the conversation I had with her. I hope that we all can gain something from each other. It was a true pleasure to speak with Ms. Silano and find out interesting information. Don’t forget to like Martha Silano on Facebook and show her some love. Thank you for reading.