As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.
Let’s start by talking about creativity — what does creativity mean to you?
poetry reflects the depth and ongoing growth of an individual’s immersion in the interaction/interplay of heart and world lived in
How and when did you get started doing what you love to do? Who or what is your creative muse?
driving out of Estes Park, CO, the road signs created a brief poem which I wrote down, sent off, and it was published – discovered Rumi shorty thereafter, and asked a lady friend, a Sufi teacher (as was Rumi) for a poet’s name- thus, Ayaz.
What is your most memorable creative experience, if any?
so many, as I reread (some) of the poems I’ve written, and, especially, when I read another’s poetry that especially moves me
People approach creativity in such different ways! What about you? What is your creative routine? Do you know of any quirky habits or creative superstitions?
no routine, too quirky and superstitious
Time, Tips, & Future Goals
How do you make time to do what you love to do?
whenever can, considering all that needs to be in a day/whenever so moved
What tips can you give novice creatives about getting started on their creative journey and about submitting their work for publication?
the creative journey is what’s important, submit where/when/if you are so moved
What do you hope to achieve with your creativity? Where would you like to see yourself in about 5 years, professionally and creatively?
to just continue (as in “the dude abides”)
— TWD Magazine 3rd Collection—
About ayaz daryl nielsen
ayaz daryl nielsen was born in Valentine, Nebraska, attended schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Monterrey, Mexico, has lived in Bonn, Germany, and now lives in Longmont, Colorado, with beloved wife Judith. A veteran, former hospice nurse, ex-roughneck (as on oil rigs), he has been editor of the print publication bear creek haiku for 30+ years and over 140 issues. ayaz can be found online at bear creek haiku – poetry, poems and info. His poetry, published worldwide, includes senryu chosen in 2010 and 2012 as “best of year” by the Irish Haiku Association, the poetry chapbook Window Left Open from Prolific Press, and, with other deeply appreciated honors, is especially delighted by the depth and quality of poets worldwide whose poems have found homes in bear creek haiku’s print and online presence.
Read ayaz daryl nielsen’s Poetry In TWD Magazine 3rd Collection
“Beyond An Open Window” — p. 26
“Vagabond Scripture” — p. 51
“The Ballad Of Our Hearts” — p. 57