Poetry. The bread and butter of Unsolicited Press. This October 2018, we are proud to release Douglas Cole's poetry collection The Gold Tooth in the Crooked Smile of God.
We all know readers want to know more about the authors they read, thus, Cole has sat down with us to answer some fun, silly, and intimate questions.
If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
Tortilla soup for Jim Harrison. Or tacos for Gertrude Stein.
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
Stopping too soon or not soon enough.
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character?
What books are on your nightstand?
Tibetan Peach Pie, Tom Robbins; Alone Not Alone, Ron Padgett, Crazy Brave, Joy Harjo; Spy of the First Person, Sam Shepard.
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
Dreaming, reading, thinking, observing, walking, swimming, watching TV.
Favorite punctuation mark? Why?
M-dash is pretty groovy. Emily Dickinson rocked it.
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did?
Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
What inanimate object would you thank in your acknowledgements?
Why do you write? The first 5 words that come to mind. Go.
A pleasant thing to do.
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write?
Rehab is for quitters.
Douglas Cole has published four collections of poetry. His work appears in journals such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Chiron, The Galway Review, The Pinyon Review, Solstice, Eastern Iowa Review, Kentucky Review, Wisconsin Review, and Slipstream. He has been nominated for a Pushcart and Best of the Net, and has received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry; the Best of Poetry Award from Clapboard House; First Prize in the “Picture Worth 500 Words” from Tattoo Highway. His website is douglastcole.com.