Joshua Gage

Golem, poetry, Sept 1, 2008
Snow, Blood, Night, poetry, June 1, 2009


When and what and where did you first get published? My first major publication was in Longshot in 1999. I got two poems in--"How to Be a Poet" and "The Seperation of Church and State Is Really Just False Advertising." Though the magazine has run its course, their website is still up, along with one of my poems here:
http://www.longshot.org/ls22/jashuagage.htm
 
I started getting serious about poetry in the 7th grade. I worked with the great Sci-Fi author Charles Oberndorf, and he really helped me develop my interest in writing, specifically poetry.

Why do you write? Because I have to.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? The community is a bit more generous, helpful and accepting.

I belong to a group of local poets whose focus is speculative poetry. This group contains Rhysling Nominees and Winners, Nebula Winners, scientists, amateur astronomers, major players in the SFPA, etc., so it's their passion and encouragement that keeps me in this field. 

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Terry Pratchett is my favorite author. I'd have to say that my favorite current story is the history of the United States of America as taught to me via state funded textbooks. In researching trickster tales, I'm slowly learning how many lies I was led to believe.

What are you trying to say with your poetry? End All Acts of Cruelty and Inhumanity.

One of the major themes in my speculative poetry is the abuse of powers that be over the populations they control. Whether it's a mother eating her children in a folkloric piece or a race of people abusing a planet or technology, my biggest rage right now is the abuse of power in the United States and the ignorance of biological symbiosis and/or mutualism. 

Do you blog? Where? hooks_and_books.livejournal.com & clevelandpoetics.blogspot.com

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? I'm not sure, but it will probably be a haiku.

Biography
Joshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon from Cleveland, OH. His chapbook, Deep Cleveland Lenten Blues, is available from Deep Cleveland Press, and his first full-length collection, breaths,is available from VanZeno Press. He is a graduate of the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Naropa University. He has a penchant for Pendleton shirts, rye whiskey and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs. He stomps around Cleveland in a purple bathrobe where he hosts the monthly Deep Cleveland Poetry hour and enjoys the beer at Brew Kettle.