photo by maja trochimczyk
| "$120,000 later and I'm 24 with a degree from a supposedly 'prestigious' institution... and no job. Typical of a writer, I suppose. My family consists of a minister in a Southern Baptist church, a public school teacher of 35 years, a farmer, a department store owner and then there's the poet. I didn't actually consider myself to be a writer until about seven months ago when I realized the decline in my emotional stability plummeted in direct relation to the amount of writing I was actually doing. So with or without publication, I can't stop it. The writing that is. It is just who I am."