TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Brandon Marlon — Poetry Contributor

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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.

About The Creative Process

What does creativity mean to you? And what does it mean to be creative?
Imitatio Dei. Being creative means emulating the divine example.

How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?
Daily routinization of creation. Time of day varies, but once in a groove, it pays to stick with it.

How much of your personal life and experiences shape who you are as a creative and as a person? Do you find that you draw much content from your experiences or have you worked to keep that separate from what you create?
For longer form story media (screenplays, plays, novels), I generally write in the historical drama/historical fiction story genres. When writing poetry, personal experiences come into play more often, though I strongly dislike reading poetry that is solipsistic and navel-gazing, so I avoid writing such myself.

About Creative Moments & Inspiration

What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?
I once wrote a play in 2 weeks, a considerably shorter period compared to my usual 3-4 months. In this case writing of a personal experience facilitated the celerity attending the process.

Do you cross genres for inspiration? Which ones?
Ex: If you're a fiction writer, do you read and practice poetry? Do you also dabble in art?

I don’t write much fiction, but do read much fiction.

What/who inspires you the most?
In nonfiction, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)

Israeli novelists Haim Saban and Yochi Brandes.

Tips For Others, Personal Goals

What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?
Study English grammar, classical rhetoric, formal logic, and read voraciously before seriously writing and submitting work for publication consideration. If you write fiction, sentence patterning/variation is an important technique to be aware of and to master.

What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?
The goal is always to have scripts filmed and staged, manuscripts published, selections excerpted. You can certainly write solely for yourself, and never send anything out into the bewilderness, but I write not merely to express myself but to commune with others and tell stories to entertain and enlighten.


About Brandon

Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 225+ publications in 28 countries.

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