Retrospective: 2005 TV Interview for the Southern Writers Conference

Retrospective: 2005 TV Interview for the Southern Writers Conference



a writer's conference this weekend highlights southern riders and one of those riders is Marc Anthony Thomas a journalist literary artist and motivational speaker who has written two poetic narratives his latest book is called poetic repercussion and he joins us now to tell us more about it this is the book and for such a young guy you've written a lot of poetry in your young life that's awesome what got you going well when I was 13 and started out as a tribute to my grandmother and I had a broken heart which most teenagers have and that pretty much kicked me into the writing game as a way to express then in my high school years it really became something I did in a public forum at I wrote for my county school system for a couple like high school local civic events when I started getting scholarships for writing and that showed me that I had some potential yeah and now you follow any particular rules in your type of poetry well I think with you want to be adventurous and you have to study what traditional poetry is so that you can get respect among the literary critics but you also still want to be innovative and try new things and I think a lot of our traditional poets were pretty innovative too but you studied the more traditional formats of what they wrote right you know Edgar Allan Poe's and Langston Hughes they also tried a lot of new things too yeah they did and contrary to popular belief poet poems do not have to rhyme no they don't they just connect reflowing more traditionally the critics don't like rhyming poems as much yeah even though fans typically do now you're gonna be part of a Writers Conference tell us about that well it's a it's a conference that they do each year on Barnes and Nobles so from my understanding there should be about 20 different authors and I'm really looking forward to that that's one thing about being author you love to meet other authors so I expect they should have a really good turnout and I'm just glad to be in Birmingham to be part of it and people will be looking to you to get inspiration in many case what do you tell them generally I always tell people a lot of people want to write a book so I always say the best part is to finish the creative part of it because that is the the fun part I'm the part that you put the most heart into mm-hmm I'm after that I say then you have to look at the business side of publishing which may include a literary agent publishing companies distribution and dealing with the old marketing of your vision right yeah that's that's really the tougher part the actual writing in many cases yeah it is and you are on a national tour that's correct that's great yeah and I've been fortunate to have been to some major cities over the last year New York Los Angeles Sekar on NPR and so you're you're really a big big deal with your terminus and it's tremendous that you're going to be a great inspiration to other people who want to write like you oh thank you we're very excited to have you okay there'll be a terrific thing for people to go to the southern writers festival is that Barnes & Noble booksellers which is a Summit Boulevard in the summit and it's from 10:00 to 2:00 today and 2 9 8 0 665 the keynote speaker will be in

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