Interviews with Authors
Thanks to the magic of interns and Zoom, we are starting a series of interviews with as many rockstars as we can convince to sit down and talk to us. There is no such thing as talking about writing too much at Writespace!
Writespace Rowan Intern Jacob Myers sat down with poet Darius Stewart to talk about Intimacies in Borrowed Light, his 2022 book of poetry published through EastOver Press. Darius is also the author of Be Not Afraid of My Body: A Lyrical Memoir (Belt Publishing 2024). His poetry and creative nonfiction essays appear or are forthcoming in Arkansas International, Brink, The Brooklyn Review, Callaloo, Cimarron Review, Fourth Genre, Gargoyle, Meridian, The Potomac Review, Salamander, storySouth, Verse Daily and others. Darius received an MFA in poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin (2007) and an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa (2020). In 2021, the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame honored him with the inaugural Emerging Writer Award. He is currently a Lulu “Merle” Johnson Doctoral Fellow in English at the University of Iowa.
We promised you rockstars, didn't we? Darius gave such a deep and insightful interview. We know you're going to love it.
We've got some time stamps for you to find some of our favorite parts of this conversation, but trust us, this whole interview is a generous author sharing his wisdom on writing and the writing journey!
Interview Timestamps and Highlights
9:03 - Darius Introduction
12:13 - First Question: Why poetry specifically?
22:30: Second Question: Any advice for aspiring writers?
27:22 Third Question: Navigating mental health while writing trauma?
34:50 Fourth Question: Can you talk about the difference between sexual vs. sensual?
41:24 Fifth Question: Producing the illustrations in your book?
48:00 Sixth Question: Sexuality and the criminal justice system
57:36 Seventh Question: How does shame precede questions of sexuality?
1:07:00 Eighth Question: Recognizing relationships through vices?
1:13:29 Ninth Question: How does geography help shape the implication of an image?
1:20:20 Tenth Question: Craftsmanship of an image
1:24:40 Eleventh Question: The Unsolvable Riddle?
1:42:15 - Darius conclusion and promotion, Be Not Afraid of My Body: A Lyrical Memoir