Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in journals such ADANNA, Drunken Boat, The Moth, Domestic Cherry, Blue Lake Review, Columbia Journal, and Aesthetica Annual. Her interviews have appeared in IndieReader, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. She’s also published essays in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Seventeen Magazine. She is the author of Flamenco Sketches and Indie Authors Naked, which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. Kleinman’s The Dark Cave Between My Ribs was named one the best poetry books of 2014 by Entropy Magazine. Her third collection of poetry Breakable Things released via Winter Goose Publishing in March 2015. Her novel This Way to Forever released August 2016, and her memoir, The Woman with a Million Hearts released April 2016 via BlazeVOX. She is a faculty member at New York Writer’s Workshop and a full-time freelance writer and social media strategist. Stay with Me Awhile is her fourth collection of poetry.
Here is our fiction editor Himanshu Goel in conversation with her.
Q. You’ve written fiction, poetry and non-fiction, which has been your favorite medium so far and why?
When I want to tell a story there’s no telling in which form I want to tell it in. Sometimes I want to speak in poetry, and sometimes I want to have characters tell the story, and sometimes I want to tell the story from own perspective. It’s a matter of which animal I choose to ride, of which story I want to tell, and sometimes I don’t know that until I start to day dream and see where that takes me.
Q. You’ve written and published so many amazing poems, is(are) there any poem (or poems) close to your heart?
My favorite poem is at fifteen. Mostly because it’s so true to how i felt at that age. Inside I was rebellious but outside not so much. poetry was a way of letting that inner self come out and play, of letting my emotions and wants and desires run wild. Poetry brought me everywhere, and I gladly went.
Q. How do you feel about spoken word poetry and poetry recitals? Do you attend or participate in such events?
I love spoken word poetry. poetry comes in so many forms, and I love watching how people use poetry, how they tell their stories. I don’t go to as many readings as I’d like to because I’m always working on a project and as a result I’m wrapping myself in these projects. But it’s important to get out there and network, watch people read, see how they read, and spark your writer’s mind.
Q. How has been the reaction to your first fiction “This way to Forever”? Do you take into consideration the feedback of readers while working on your future books(projects)?
It’s been mixed, but good. many readers see what I’m trying to do , in that I’m telling a love story, a poetic love story that is insecure and naive like the main character. and some readers say it should be longer. I had a great time writing this book, and I wrote it in a very cinematic way with the hopes that it could be adapted to the screen very easily. I’m in the process of working on that adaptation with my writing partner and then we’re planning on shopping it.
Q. What authors and books do you admire?
I love Charles Bukowski. I’ve read every book I can get my hands on. I admire his rawness and his attention to developing the image. I want to read poetry that’s a gut kick, that makes me want to love harder, or do whatever. I want to want the poem again and again, and that’s an indication that that poem is alive, growing everyday.
Q. What can readers expect from Loren Kleinman in the near future?
I just finished a screenplay called self, help about how a failed anti-self-help writer’s suicide goes wrong. She seeks the support of a meetup group but rather than attending one for depressives, winds up in a Russian Literature meetup by mistake where she meets Ethan Miller, 15 years her junior, who opens her eyes to more than just Nabokov. I’m also working on collection of essays called My Body, My Words (www.mybodymywords.com) which will explore body image beyond just weight and ask writers to speak to their bodies and write down what it says.
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