Roberto Montes is the author of I DON'T KNOW DO YOU, named one of the Best Books of 2014 by NPR. His poetry has appeared in The Lambda Literary Spotlight, Guernica, PEN America Poetry Series, and elsewhere. A chapbook, GRIEVANCES, is now available from the Atlas Review TAR chapbook series.
1. Who is your favorite villain, and who is your favorite protagonist in literature?
In poetry, the only real villain is the "You". My favorite protagonist is the "I" in Bill Knott's "At the Crossroads".
2. When did you know you were a writer
I have never in my life been confident enough to know I was a writer.
3. What are you currently working on
A collection of poems, a play, and a (spiritual) handbook for young poets.
4 How has your writing process changed over the years
I have had to learn how to force myself to write even when I had no desire to. I miss the luxury of having the flexibility to wait until the right moment!
5. Describe your writing style in one sentence.
Five Questions, by Nicole L. Drayton. Nicole is a writer, screenwriter and independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The New School, and currently works for the university in the MFA in Creative Writing Program office.