Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Writer Wednesday - Roy Holm

I probably first met Roy at one of our friend Erica's potlucks, but I have been lucky enough to get to know him during our monthly writers' group, where we workshop poetry, prose, and sometimes other art forms as well.  Roy is a deeply kind and warm-hearted friend, and I'm so excited to be featuring him here today.

Roy by Erica Quinn.

Who are you? Mein Name is Roy Reuben Holm. Named after my extraordinary grandfathers. I am a tramp, cat, InspektorccJaspers4eva. Born in a small rural town in western Indiana, raised in Cologne, Germany, return to a small rural town, but PA, somehow rassled a degree in Ceramic Arts and Philosophy with a little bit of hiccup year in Alaska, living on islands, boats, and the road. I don't know if I would call NYC home, but it is certainly holding my attention for a little while. Currently on the loose employment-wise.

Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? I can be found in the recesses of deviantart and myspacegroups. If you can find my stuff, tell me. I lost a lot of my writing on my old computer a few years back. Otherwise I have become skeptical of the world wide web. My inner old man is hacking his way to the surface these days, bad knees and all.

What inspired you to start writing? When did it happen? I started writing when I was about 15. I had a MAD CRUSH, and this gurl was so "in" and cool. Also, I had many FEELINGS I didn't know how to handle. The days I started listening to chop suey and radiohead.

Why do you write? Now, I write for twofold reasons. First and foremost words are a psychological punching bag and external hard drive for my memories. When I reminisce, the significance of my experiences are enhanced in the act of recounting them. To formulate them into poems provides a certain kind of anchor, and give me reference point to continue my inner dialectics on my life's meaning, passions, and spirituality. The second reason, is that I value the commonplace and I want to be able to communicate its significance in describing us as humans. These days, I would like to be able to write in a way that is not only captivating and with substance, but also equally accessible. It is my goal to be able to reveal and communicate the sublime in everyday experiences (what a buncha bull).

Who inspires you? Not in any specific order I believe Annie Dillard, Phil Miller and a great group of friends have, and continue to inspire me to become a better smarter writes. Annie Dillard is my stylistic and metaphysical source. I don't think I have been as captivated by anyone's writings and ideas as I have been by hers. The late Phil Miller, was a mentor to a group of us who not only shared his knowledge and critique, but encouraged us to write, produce, see and experience the written word. He was a true community leader and drew people to the arts and literature. And lastly, those friends of mine. The big hearts, the late nights, the adventures, the innumerable shared meals and beers. If the people you love don't love what you are doing, it is so much harder to be confident in it.

If you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? I think about this often, and it changes almost weekly. I would rather have no expenses paid and hitch hike. It's not the destination that's the idiot on the side of road.

What is your favorite place on earth? I have this little fishing spot on the Juniata river.

Anything else you'd like us to know? I love anything pickled, just not pickles.

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