Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a retired reference librarian (public and academic) with quite a few publications to my credit, including a guide to travel literature called When the Going Was Good. I’m also a regular contributor to Laguna Beach Art Patron Magazine and Assistant Editor of Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal.
When you create, what inspires you?
I’m inspired when two or even three elements come together for me. I have dozens of ideas, most of which go nowhere. But when one does, it’s almost always a combination of elements—a seemingly meaningless experience, for instance, that suddenly takes on meaning when put in a totally different context. I wish it happened more often!
Tell us about the specific inspiration behind one or each of your accepted piece.
I wrote “Compass Rose” long ago, during a difficult period in which I had no acceptable means of expressing what I was feeling. But when I saw my situation in cartographic, terms—a compass rose indicates the points, or principal directions, on a map—the poem wrote itself.
What is your medium of choice? Why?
I write prose on a word processor, because it allows me to rearrange sentences and paragraphs quickly and easily. But I write poetry on paper with a ballpoint pen.
How did you first discover your love for creating?
My mother encouraged me with books and paper, along with a piano, LPs, a telescope and a microscope. The books and paper took.
fēlan is old English for feel. What makes you feel anger?
These days it’s politics.