Contributor Interview with Clare Proctor

Everyone, welcome Clare Proctor to our Contributor Interview series, a routine blog feature that introduces you to the wonderful writers whose work will be featured in our upcoming anthology, Byline Legacies.

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“I got greedy with Clare. Choosing between multiple submissions from a single author is usually easy since there’s always one that stands above the rest. But with Clare, I didn’t want to pick. I wanted it all, which made me incredibly curious to see everything else she’s ever done.”

— Jaime Dill, editor for Cardigan Press

[E] Welcome, Clare, to our interview series! We’d like to kick off by asking — what genre/age ranges do you typically write for?

I tend to write poetry rather than prose, typically in free verse, although recently I’ve become more interested in the different directions that forms can take content and vice versa. I’m also starting to play a little with prose poetry. I really enjoy taking part in workshops and courses, learning about the developments in the form and being inspired to write in new ways. 

[E] Form often feels stifling, but the magic is in learning how to manipulate form and let it manipulate us to add layers and toy with our habits so that we grow and produce writing we didn’t even know we were capable of. So happy to hear that you are playing around with it! How would you say your Byline Legacies poems, “A Stolen Thing” and “On Falling In Love With Poets”, compare to your usual style?

My submission to the Cardigan Press call-out was typical in terms of theme for what I’ve been writing about for quite a while now – words, their power and fallibility. How easy is communication? How much are we controlled / liberated by language? In what ways does silence speak and what can it indicate to us about power, gender, society, etc.? I don’t have many answers, but I do now have a lot of poems on this subject. Enough, I think, for a first pamphlet, though it still needs a lot of editing. 

This is my first American publication, and I’ve really enjoyed working with Lizzie and Jaime and the other Cardigan Press writers. What an amazingly supportive team. Like most writers, I’m terrible at self-promotion and saying positive things about my work, so it’s really wonderful to come across people who want to do that for me! 

[E] Your interest in language and the message you are exploring with that theme compliments exactly what we wanted to celebrate with Byline Legacies—the influence and experience of writing. We are honored to showcase a portion of that work from you, come September, and will happily continue to tell everyone about it. Until then, how can readers best support you?

Readers can best support me by giving me a follow on Twitter – @almostasif – where I write (almost) daily haiku and share details of open mics, readings, and publications. I like to follow and support other writers and enjoy reading snippets on Twitter, especially from other haiku poets.

[E] Thanks so much, Clare for hanging out with us, sharing a part of your world, and being part of the Byline Legacies debut!

Everyone, please show your support and give Clare a follow!

Do you know Clare? Comment below and let others know what Clare’s writing means to you. If this is your first time meeting Clare, say hello!

One comment

  1. I am very lucky to run an open mic night where Clare reads her poetry. I’m always excited to hear her new poems which often leave me speechless and she’s going to perform a guest set for us in September. I’m looking forward to seeing her work published with Cardigan Press.

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