Tell us about yourself:
My name is Jason Alan Wilkinson. I live in New York. Blue is my favourite colour. I love animals. Particularly cats.
What do you write about?
I do not make a regular habit of writing a poem with the restricted view of exploiting one idea or event-yet like so many others, I have yielded my hand to the practice, ever and anon. I sometimes prefer to create scenery with words, rather than depict a linear narrative.
My work seeks the expansion of an often limited capacity to ingest poetry, to challenge our perception of it, to alter the way we read it and the expectations we have of it.
What has been your proudest moment as a writer?
Seeing my work appear through so many university and college presses. It always feels good to know that what I am doing has the potential to influence young people.
What would you like to see happen in the future with your writing?
To be able to share it with an ever-broadening circle.
Besides writing what are you most passionate about?
The Lord. Those with whom He hath blessed me. Yankees Baseball. Good music. Life.
If you could give a new writer advice what would that be?
Read. Read a lot. Devour the classics. Never become emotionally involved with what you write. Never lie to yourself. Be the best editor that you can be. Be your own worst critic. Be you. Stay humble. Stay open-minded. Always remember that true writers don’t need inspiration-writing is a disease for which no cure exists, therefore it requires no extrinsic prompt.
Where can people find your work?
My latest collection of poetry can be found here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/jason-wilkinson/when-our-lights-flutter-off-you-can-play-among-the-shadows/ebook/product-17475210.html