- What’s the hardest thing about writing?
The writing part.
- What are you doing when you’re not writing?
Sitting on the bus. Reading books about geology. I try to surround myself with things and people that challenge and inspire me. Failing that, I watch TV. I also have a healthy relationship with terrible Flash computer games.
- Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) in 5 words or less.
Sincerity, surprise, depth, rocks.
- What is it about your discipline (fiction/poverty/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?
The near-endless (seeming) malleability of poetry and the weird relationship the text has with the reader. Also, of late: storytelling.
- Have you ever done something unusual for the sake of your writing? What was it and how did it work out?
It’s not unusual but my interests in history, geology, and science-fiction have driven my poetry into prose territory. I’ve found that, recently, what I want to explore and create with poetry looks more and more like fiction.
And a bonus question submitted by Anthony Moll at our last reading:
Would you rather have sausages for fingers or have your name be “Do you smell that”?
The former. If I picked the latter, my nickname would obviously be “Do” which is actually a nickname I had as a kid. And I hated it. Don’t call me that.
To learn even more about Andrew, you can follow him on Twitter @ASargusKlein