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A Wavelengths Interview with Andrew Johnson

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yezxC8Gb3rE&w=560&h=315]

“I remember liking blocks as a kid…I think that’s a good way of trying to describe the pleasure I get from writing and building a sentence…when I’m enjoying [writing] the most and when it is the most engaging to me is when it feels like I have…this tower I want to build and these blocks available to me and I’m finding all these different ways of piecing them together.”

— Andrew Johnson

 

I am thrilled to post our first Wavelengths interview with my dear friend, Andrew Johnson.

Andrew and I met when we were both graduate students in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. I have always admired Andrew’s thoughtfulness and commitment to his writing, and I still enjoy the friendship we have developed through the years. I always learn from our conversations, whether we’re talking about writing, teaching, spirituality, current events, or Royals baseball. (You can’t really see it in the video, but Andrew wanted me to tell you he’s wearing a KC cap.  Go Royals!)

I had fun keeping it real and talking about writing, not writing, reacting to current events, using social media to respond to the world, and the best way to penetrate the human heart (hint: it’s not with a tank).

To learn more about Andrew and to read his work, check out the following links:

http://suchsmallhope.com/

https://www.guernicamag.com/daily/andrew-johnson-on-impunity/

http://kcur.org/post/core-values

 

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