Introducing William Wright, Jr.
My name is William Lorenzo Wright, Jr. I am the youngest of three children, as well as the only son to two loving and hard-working parents. I am a college student from San Diego California and I hold a deep passion for reading and writing poetry. I was sixteen years old when I first fell in love with poetry and I have been faithful to the craft ever since.
Writing has helped me when I was not certain of which path that I wanted to take in life. It was like an other-worldly force that was guiding me through each day, when my fears were so immense and they seemed impossible to overcome. There were many days when I was so frightened of living, that I barely had enough strength to get out of bed. Some days, I would tremble at the mere thought of setting foot outside of my home, and having to interact with perfect strangers. For a while, my anxiety had the better of me. The only way for me to relieve some of my frustration, was for me to bury myself into my work. Ever since I picked up the pen for first time, I have been committed to writing at least one poem a day, no exceptions. It is a routine that has served me well.
Interview – Book: The Slums Of Nightfall
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi William, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
William: Oh, it’s my pleasure. Thank you for having me.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
William: Well, I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I’m 25 years old (I’ll be 26 in April. Good God.), I am the youngest of three children (Behind two lovely sisters.) and ever since my childhood, I have held a deep fascination for language and literature.
Creative Talents Unleashed: So when did you fall in love with poetry or writing in general, when did you decide this life was for you? Tell us a bit about that discovery process.
William: I didn’t really fall in love with poetry until around age 16. It began when my 10th grade English teacher gave our class a writing assignment. We were asked to write an original work of poetry and to recite it in front of the entire class. I ended up writing a poem about the war in Iraq and I had dedicated it to my next door neighbor, who happened to be on deployment at the time. Unfortunately, when the day came for us to share our work, I was too nervous to even speak. So when it was my turn to recite my poem, I buried my head into my desk and I trembled like a helpless child, until the teacher decided that it was best to move on to her next victim. She eventually read my poem aloud to one of the senior classes and much to my surprise, they actually enjoyed it quite a lot. So from that moment on, I vowed to never allow my fears to stifle my self-expression and to write in spite of them.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
William: I write to make sense of the world and the chaotic times that we’re living through. It’s also a way for me to chart my personal growth. One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from Ernest Hemingway, where he says: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” So writing poetry is sort of my way of ensuring that I’m always maturing and evolving as both a writer and a human being.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
William: I can draw inspiration from almost anything, if there is music playing. Especially if I’m listening to music that is purely instrumental, like classical or electronic or Jazz or ambient. The right melody or beat can send my imagination into overdrive and by the end of a song, I can emerge with a page or two full of verses. Over the years, I’ve grown fond of a particular artist named Liz Harris, who preforms under the stage name Grouper. Her music is the driving force behind the majority of the poems in The Slums of Nightfall. It’s often dreary and atmospheric and if my book was to have a soundtrack, I would easily choose her songs.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
William: I would say it was overcoming self-doubt. I would think too much about what critics might say about my poetry or what my friends and family members would think about certain material that I wrote. I’d worry about alienating certain people, when I could have used all of the time that I wasted worrying, actually sitting down to write.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
William: It was sitting down to write once I finally let go of my inhibitions. Actually, I would say that this was both the easiest and the hardest part of the process. It took some time for me to work up the courage to write, but once I got started it was near impossible for me to be stopped.
Creative Talents Unleashed: There are many authors who say that in the process of writing a book you learn things about yourself. Did you learn anything in your book writing process about yourself, if so what?
William: As arrogant as this might sound, I learned that I can overcome just about anything. Some of the poetry in my book is inspired by moments in my life, where I felt trapped and completely hopeless. But I didn’t succumb and I was able to harness all of the pent up anger and guilt that I felt and apply it to my work.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
William: I’d say our only responsibility as writers is to write as often as we can and with as much passion and sincerity as possible.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
William: In five years I hope to have written a few more books, and my dream is that one of those books will be a novel. I’m also hoping that I’ll have a degree in English and that I’m either teaching full-time or I’ve managed to make writing my career. But this life is chaotic and unpredictable, so who knows what’s truly in store for me or any of us. I don’t like to dwell too much on tomorrow because it’s never guaranteed.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
William: It is really difficult for me to choose an all-time favorite writer. But if I had to choose, It would probably be Walt Whitman. My favorite quote by him comes from his most famous poem, Song of Myself which goes: “The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it,And ceas’d the moment life appear’d. All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.”
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
William: Read a lot of books; don’t worry too much about what other writers are doing; heed the advice of seasoned writers, publishers, and editors; and most importantly, and I cannot stress this enough; write as often as you can and to the best of your ability.
Excerpt from the book: The Slums of Nightfall
A Quieting Embrace
A stale and steady
Is all, I can truthfully spare
As I’m forcefully wrung
In anxiety’s hands
In the cast-iron clasp
Of its sweltering wrath
In a few feeble drops
With futile words
My days slowly narrow
To a quieting embrace
A fate once beloved
By near-sighted eyes
A fate I’ll abhor
In the morrow
Of its murdering vise
© William Wright, Jr.
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