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Jesse Glass

Posted in interviews, news, plays, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2013 by intoviews

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how would you describe what you do?

I write poetry, drama, fiction, essays, translations, libretti, paint, draw, engrave, make prints, artist books, visual poetry, sing sound poetry/ do performance/conceptual art (now primarily on the net, but in public venues in the 80’s). I have a puppet theater in Japan. I’ve been doing most of this work since I was 16 years old in the late 60’s because I knew early on that somebody had to do it. I’ve currently lived for more than 20 years in Japan.

what are you currently working on?

Right at this moment: Steinesque Facebook process poetry, which I’ve defined as a form of Experiential Haptic Modeling.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?

I’ll change that to who: Jenny Holzer for the Facebook stuff. William Blake for just about everything else, but there are scads of others. Joseph Beuys.
what is the greatest misconception(s) about you or your work?

Legion, and they’re all wrong.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

The main strength of paper, canvas and other physical materials is that they are easier to conserve than electronic files. Without constant applications of energy the electronic work pisses away. into oblivion: It’s a bit like carving text and image on the side of a soap bubble.
how has technology had an impact on the work you do?

I don’t swallow the whole bit about computers being the next step in anyone’s revo/evolution and I think that those who mindlessly dish out for up-dates and new versions of “ziz wiz and biz” are in thrall to corporations and hooked on the “freedom” that corporations offer—(I mean the “hey kidz, buy this new car and FEEL FREE in the USA cod-fish hype.) I don’t believe that science has the answer to everything, and I don’t go whoring after it in the manner of so many involved in the humanities. Look at the state of current Philosophy. It’s an embarrassment. Having said all of that, let me add that New technology is a useful tool right alongside the pencil and paper (which at one time was the New Technology), but I refuse to vacate my mind in order to block out the increasingly fucked-up world with anybody’s bought and sold static or to give up whatever personal freedom I have for on-line communities of “Borgist” fascists. Moreover, no amount of gadgetry will give anyone a short-cut to mastery of their chosen art no matter what the wrapper on the box says.
what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

Be reckless. Don’t look back. Fuck any kind of nostalgia unless you can snowboard on it. Piss on organized religion. Feel free to hate as well as to love.
where can we find you online?

Look.
what are you reading at the moment?

Everything.

what are you listening to at the moment?

Berg, Schoenberg.

anything else we should know?

If anyone calls you “creative” don’t just be offended–punch them. That term is so fucking demeaning that even businessmen have glommed on to it. Buy my books.

I’m all over the place on the net. I guess UBU-Web and Penn-Sound and Jacket are the best places to find what i do, but there are others.

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Mike Orenduff

Posted in interviews, news, plays, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2011 by intoviews

what is your name?

Mike Orenduff

how would you describe what you do?
I write stories. Some are in the form of stage plays, and some are in the form of books  about a character named Hubert Schuze and his friends, family, and other people he runs into in the course of daily life. The stories are fiction, but they are intended to look life real life on stage or read like real life on the page. They take you into a world with humor, challenges, romance, confusion, crime, art, food, music, and excitement. The excitement in the books often arises from a murder, so they are classified as mysteries. I think of them as entertaining stories.

what are you currently working on?
A play called Locutions, and the fifth book in my series, The Pot Thief Who Studied D. H. Lawrence.

what has had the greatest influence on your work?
Lawrence Block.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?
As I thought about this question, I realized I have never heard any of my readers say anything about my work that I thought was a misconception on their part. Maybe my work is too simple; all my readers seem to “get it.”

With regard to misconceptions about me, I have no idea. I am still trying to figure myself out.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?
The main strength, I believe, is the strong fan base for plays and books of the sort  I and others write. The main weakness is the decline of theaters and bookstores in the present economy.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?
Technology (digital books) has not impacted my work, but it has impacted the ability of people to enjoy my work. For those who like e-books, the impact has been positive. For those who like paper books, the impact is negative.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?
You can’t write a play or a book by following rules any more than you can write a piece of music by following rules. Forget all those books about how to write. Find a voice. Tell a good story.

what are you reading at the moment?
I am currently reading some very boring books because I am a judge in a writing contest that shall go nameless. The last book I read for pleasure was Promptings of Necessity by Robert Allan Richardson, an author I met when we were both doing a signing at Collected Works in Santa Fe. It is a collection of three excellent stories.

what are you listening to at the moment?
I am listening to the roar of a tornado that appears to be about five miles south of my house. I’m keeping a close eye on it. Fortunately, it seems to be headed east.

anything else we should know?
Any theater company who wants to produce my award-winning play, The Christmas Visitor, can have the rights for free for a limited run. I need to have it produced so that I can make a video of it. I guarantee the company and the audiences will love it.

Robert Warrington

Posted in interviews, news, plays, poetry, update, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2010 by intoviews

Robert Warrington

Robert Warrington

what is your name?

Robert Warrington.

how would you describe what you do?

I write poems and sometimes plays.

what are you currently working on?

I’m always working on a poem. My playwrighting seems to have stalled.

what has been the greatest influence on your work?

Probably my English teacher at school. For encouraging me to write in the first place.

what is the greatest misconception about you or your work?

About my work that it’s any good. I think everything I do is terrible. Even the things some people rave about I always think are hopelessly inadequate.

what do you see as the main strengths and weaknesses of the medium you work in?

The problem with plays is unless they’re revived or filmed or the text is published they disappear into the ether. The problem with poetry is the audience is always going to be smaller than you want it to be, no matter what kind of poetry you write.

how has technology impacted upon the work you do?

I’m not sure that is has in terms of the way it’s put together, but I started writing pre-internet and it felt like an isolated activity for quite a long time. It feels much less that way now. I’m more aware of other artists and of what they’re doing. Also the possibilities of communication and collaboration are vastly increased.

what’s the greatest piece of advice you would like to pass on?

Don’t question everything you do to the point where you can’t do it. Don’t be like me.

where can we find you online?

Here and there in the litzines. I sometimes pop up in American ones like Zygote in my Coffee and Cherry Bleeds and British ones like The Beat and Beat the Dust. Also on Paul and Wendy’s website Writers, Prizefighters and Caffeine Inspired All-nighters.

But mainly at the moment on my own website at: http://robertwarrington.com

what are you reading at the moment?

I’m going through the collected poems of Thom Gunn. Some of these are familiar to me, many I’ve never read before.

what are you listening to at the moment?

A CD of music from, and inspired by, the HBO series True Blood.

anything else we should know?

I’ve no idea what my next creative move is at this point. Maybe I should take a step sideways and do something I’ve never done before. Sometimes I wish I had a plan but it doesn’t seem to work that way.

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