Saturday, August 12, 2017

Woonsocket-Born Denise Duhamel: Interview

She taught me to be brave in my writing by being brave in her own.

Out of all of your accomplishments, what are you most proud of and why?

That is a hard question, but I would say I am most proud that I “stuck to my (poetic and therefore metaphorical) guns” and didn’t give up on poetry when so many rejections kept coming. I went to school (both undergrad and grad) with extremely talented classmates who, for one reason or another, stopped writing poetry. There is no judgment as many have gone on to have happy lives outside of literature. I just knew that, for me, writing was my way of being in this world.