Interview with Edwin Hurdle, Poet & Author of The Write House
Friday, October 12, 2007 3:00:00 PM
by Edwin Hurdle
|An interview with Edwin Hurdle, Poet & Author of The Write House conducted by Afrika Midnight Asha Abney
Thank you Edwin Hurdle for giving me the opportunity to speak with you and learn more about your first debut poetry book entitled: The Write House.
And thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you.
Tell me something about yourself.
I was born and raised in New York City.I'm a poet and author of The Write House.
What are your goals for your writing career?
To have a major publisher notice my work and get a publishing contract.Also,I would like for my poetry to have a positive effect on people's lives around the globe.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
What inspires you to write?
Certain life experiences that I've dealt with along with the way that I look at this world and life in general.Writing poetry is like doing yoga.Instead of stretching my body,I'm stretching my heart and mind onto a piece of paper whether I'm writing by pen or on a computer.
How long have you been writing?
I've been writing for several years ever since I was in college.One day in writing class,my professor asked the class to write a poem about anything that we want.That is where it all started.
What are your favorite books?
Back when I was a child and adolescent,I used to read plenty of books mainly novels like "The Secret Garden","A Hero Ain't Nothing But A Sandwich","A StreetCar Name Desire,etc.I haven't read any books since then mainly because I don't have time.
What genre do you like reading the most?
Anything that relates to poetry.
How do you come up with titles for your work?
A lot of thinking and creativity
Tell something about your book,The Write House.
The Write House was published by OutSkirts Press,Inc earlier this year.It is a poetry book that I self-published.It is a book fill with random poetry that expresses every type of feeling from love to rejection.Also I express the way that I look at this world and life in general from a whole different perspective. I want the reader to use my poetry in a positive way to improve their lives and better themselves as human beings from the things that I learn and experience through my own life.At the beginning of the book,I dedicate my work to a special friend of mine by the name of Raymond Broadnax.He has been my childhood barber for a long time(15 years).Late last year,I started showing him my poetry.He was amazed by the way that I write that he asked me to help him out with his poems.It was his confidence and support in my talent that made the book possible.
Excerpt from The Write House
"Different Colors,Same Taste"
The world is like a big box of ice cream.
It consist of flavors to satisfy anyone's taste.
Each of them is sweet and special.
They should not go to waste.
My heart is a bowl fill with acceptance.
Loving each flavor that comes in it.
If you combine all of them into one.
You'll get a rainbow of the human spirit.
Chocolate is the flavor that I'm proud of.
No need to put sprinkles or whip cream on me.
Everyone is suppose to love one another without hatred.
The way that it is meant to be.
At the end of the day,we are all flavors of unity.
One should not discriminate over the other.
In the mirror we see the same reflection.
As being true sisters and brothers.
How did you come up with the title of the book, The Write House?
For a few years now,I have kept a notebook fill with poems that I had written.One day I was trying to figure out what the name of my book should be.Then I came up with the idea of calling my book "The Write House".The name of the book was actually the title to a poem that I did before in my notebook.I started to use the title as the name of the book and use the lyrics in the poem as my introduction.
Who designed the cover for your book,The Write House?
I designed the cover.
Do you have your target audience for your book,The Write House?
What was your experience in publishing your book,The Write House?
To be honest,it was challenging but at the same time it was exciting.The reason it was challenging because I've never done anything like publishing a poetry book before.I've learned what it takes to get published and I got use to knowing that aspect of the literary world.Getting my poetry book published was one of the proudest moments of my life.It felt like giving birth to a baby.When I first received the finish product of my book,I couldn't believe my eyes.I hold my book as if it was my baby(laughs)
Do you have any projects that you are working on?
In the very near future,I am planning on doing another poetry book.
Where can readers learn more about you and your projects?
They can contact me directly at eddie6192010.hotmail.com and visit my site at http://www.authorsden.com/edwinhurdle
Thank you for the opportunity Edwin and I wish you all the best!
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