Over the past couple of weeks we have told you about the a series of interviews that the The College of Saint Rose has on their English Blog. So far they have interviewed local poets Carolee Sherwood and Carol Jewell. This week the “What We Talk About When We Talk About Writers” (WWTAWWTAW) series continues with poet Jacqueline Kirkpatrick, who was part of the great Nitty Gritty Slam #27 at Valentine’s last month.
This week we talk to Jacqueline Kirkpatrick over email. She received her B.A. in English from SUNY Albany in 2004. Jacqueline was raised in “South of Albany” in a small town that “needs no mention as it’s any small town anywhere.” She describes herself as “a student, writer, reader and mother.” Jacqueline writes a lot of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction and is obsessed with the Beats. She can’t write unless she’s listening to music. “I love Coltrane, Ottis Redding, Sam & Dave, and my favorite music to write to is the Grateful Dead. Oh, and I still use a typewriter.”
Some of the questions in the interview include; What drew you to the MFA program? What or who inspires you to write? Who is your favorite author? What do you hope to accomplish by the time you graduate?