Mark Arvid White
The Secret Life of Snowmen, poem, Issue 33, December 1, 2015
Birthday? October 6.
When did you start writing? Soon after I started reading.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first published thing was a letter to the Kodiak Daily Mirror in about 1984. My first poem published was a haiku, a few years later.
What themes do you like to write about? I like to write about things on the edge of our perceived realities, and about realities other than our own. I have always been a dreamer, and dreams are a wonderful place to begin. The real world, however, should be ignored only at our own peril. The discipline and awareness of haiku has taught me to keep seeing things for the first time. Be awestruck by a drop of rain, or the shadow of a coffee cup, or a first smile.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? Every adventure story from Kipling to Howard fueled my desire to seek and to find. Tolkien breathed fire into my soul for the journey. I love poets and storytellers and the list of those who have touched my spirit are many: Tennyson; Dylan Thomas; Basho, and on and on.
I am a writer, poet, explorer of the universe, who resides in Palmer, Alaska. I have a wife, a son, and two cats. Since beginning a writing life some thirty years ago, I have been fortunate enough to have my poems, stories, articles, and reviews published in such journals as: Modern Haiku, Permafrost, Webster Review, Candelabrum, Alien Skin, and Minas Tirith Evening-Star. I am past Alaska region coordinator for the Haiku Society of America, and the founder of the Shin Tao Haiku Retreat, a peaceful stop for poetry and repose in the online community of Second Life.