ALISON MALEE is a lover of literature, caffeinated beverages, and pretending every season is autumn. She currently resides in New York with her husband and their children, probably reading some form of prose or another.
WHAT INSPIRED ONE OF YOUR POEMS?
My poems are inspired by my loved ones, by past experiences, by lessons I have learned along the way. The set backs on the road to learning. No poem comes simply from one thing. There is almost always a series of thoughts and emotions that have to be married together in order for the language to work creatively on the page.
TELL US AN OBSCURE THING YOU FIND INTERESTING ABOUT THE WORLD?
I was just talking to someone about this the other day! Sometimes I think about how we are constantly surrounded by nature- trees, flowers, wind, rain, thunder, and still, we seem to forget its presence. I am, as of late, forced to question why we neglect it so seamlessly.
WHAT ODD, FUNNY OR INTERESTING FACT CAN YOU SHARE ABOUT YOUR WRITING HABITS OR PROCESS?
Write everyday. Try to. At least, try. Personally, I try to incorporate it into my daily routine to the best of my ability. I never want to spend so much time away that I lose that creative spark. Whether it’s a note on my phone or written on a sticky napkin, I try and jot SOMETHING down each day
How important is language and/or word choice to your writing?
Oh, wording is so important. I can fiddle with language all day. The placement, the punctuation, the different ways things sound together and play off of one another. Poetry should sound almost like a continuously rolling meadow, or an endless, ceaseless snowfall. Language is the most vital part of that.
Are there any themes or reoccurring threads that you try to explore in your writing?
I often write about mental illness, as I try to be an advocate for those who are also struggling with anxiety and depression. But mostly, I write about love. In all of its formats. Because what are we, as humans, without it?
Is there something you find particularly difficult about the writing process?
The most difficult part of the writing process is the dedication and the will-power to make yourself sit down and stare at a blank page or a blank screen. I often struggle to find the motivation when I don’t already have a creative project underway. So, in a way, the hardest part is beginning.
How much research do you do when writing?
I don’t find research to be a massive part of my process, as almost all of my work is deeply personal.
wHAT IS THE TITLE OF AN underrated (or little recognized) book you love?
One of my favorite books is written by Dani Shapiro titled Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life.
LASTLY, WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK 'KINGDOMS IN THE WILD'?
When I think ‘Kingdoms in the Wild’, I think an untamed empire; a ferocious collection of leaders.
ABOUT IN CONVERSATION
What makes a writer write? What resides behind the impulse to create a work of art? We have always been interested in these questions here at KITW. Incredibly, we’ve received such varied responses to the same questions from each of our published writers, that we thought we’d share.
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CREDITS: in this issue
Author: Alison Malee
Editor: Shompole N.L
Graphic Design: Shompole, N.L.