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Member Spotlight: Dan Campion

author Dan Campion smiling directly at camera and an image of his book A Playbill for Sunset

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world? I neither know nor care why writing is important to me and for the world. I know only that it is important.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block? What writer’s block? “Kick out the jams.”

What is your favorite time to write? Morning.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? “Our poems are smarter than we are” was intended as an observation rather than as a piece of advice, but I’ve taken it as a good tip for letting poems take the lead.

What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? I am not “excited” about “being a writer in today’s age.” I am grateful that there continue, despite the assaults on the spirit and the intellect from various directions, to be readers and listeners, and I am glad to be in the audience for other writers and poets.

Dan Campion’s A Playbill for Sunset is out August 1 with Ice Cube Press.