PUSHCART DARLINGS: THE FOGLIFTER INTERVIEW WITH LUTHER HUGHES
As part of celebrating Foglifter’s recent Pushcart nominees, we interviewed the writers! First up is Luther Hughes, published in Volume 4 Issue 2!
What are you currently reading?
Arias by Sharon Olds and The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Bashō.
Are you working on a project, currently? Describe it.
I’m working on my first book. The book is about the different rooms of intimacy and desire, what they lead to and their effects on the body.
Do you have a particular writing ritual or habit? What is it?
I don’t know if I’d consider it a ritual or habit, but in order for me to write, I have to have poems, essays, fiction, etc., or books around me that I think are speaking to the work I’m about to write. I’ll read through a few, or scan a few, to see how those writers accomplished (or not accomplish) what I’m attempting to.
If someone told you that they want to be a writer, what advice would you give them?
Read everything and anything you could. I would also have a life outside writing, a life that fulfils you and gives you as much, if not more, breath as writing does. Do something you’ve never done before. Have an orgy. Listen to a spooky podcast. Try alligator. Just live life. And then write about what you know. Only then can anyone truly be a writer.
What experience thus far has contributed most to your education, as a writer/person?
I don’t know if I have an answer to this question, but the first thing I thought of was when I was in church, possibly 11 or 12, and I heard my choir director read a poem about birds.
What do you believe is the role of the poet/writer in this cultural climate?
When you aren’t writing, what are you doing?
Probably at work; I work in arts administration. If neither, watching anime or playing video games and drinking wine.
Luther Hughes is a Seattle native and author of Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). He is the Founding Editor of The Shade Journal, Executive Editor for the The Offing, and is 1/3 of The Poet Salon podcast. His writing has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry, The Seattle Times, New England Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and others. Luther received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. You can follow him on Twitter @lutherxhughes. He thinks you are beautiful.
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