5 Burning Questions With Celeste Doaks

  1. What’s the easiest thing about writing?

There is nothing easy about writing! Writing, good writing, takes a delicate balance of skills. Raw talent, passion, and vulnerability are the most important of these skills. Vulnerability is key if you want your words to truly move people’s spirits. And let’s face it, standing naked in an open field is hard each and every time you do it.

  1. What are you doing when you’re not writing?

Exploring Baltimore as an “urban biker,” reading new poetry and some novels, being obsessed with Tiny House programs on HGTV, and spending time with my new fiancé.

  1. Describe your thoughts on writing (either your own or in general) using no adjectives.

When I think of my own writing these words come to mind: secrets, dreams, elegy, lava, pruning trees, dancing sunlight, oxygen, amethyst.

  1. What is it about your discipline (fiction/poverty/nonfiction/other) that draws you to it?

I’m drawn to poetry because it is the condensed, boiled down essence of language. It sings the sweetest music, and always asks me to join in.

  1. Have you ever done something unusual for the sake of your writing? What was it and how did it work out?

A few years after 9-11 I was vacationing in San Francisco with my best friend.  I was addicted to seeing the sun set in the West everyday of my time there. One day, we went to the Golden Gate park, very near the base of the bridge. Of course, I saw the “Do Not Trespass” sign, but needed to get closer to write down a few lines about that California sunset. Well, needless to say I started snapping pictures for a few minutes before the Park police AND A RANGER flashed lights on us. How did it work out? It resulted in a hefty fine and embarrassment. Afterwards, of course, I required copious amounts of pinot noir to console my damaged spirit.


To learn more about Celeste, visit thedoaksgirl.com or follow her on twitter @thedoaksgirl.

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