with Stephen Page:
Q1: When did you begin writing and first influences?
Stephen: In the second grade, during class, I used to exchange notes with the pretty girl who sat in the chair in front of me. They were about the silly things that 2nd graders write about, the teacher, the class bully, how we should have longer recesses, etc. Mine were rhyming and I always managed to slip a line in one or two about the color of her hair. I had read a lot of Dr. Seuss up until then so poetry was ingrained in me.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
Stephen: There are so many, but just to name a few: Madeline Miller, Daniel Loedel, Tina Clark, Sven Birketts, Amanda Gorman, Cristopher J. LeBron, Houzan Mahmoud, Ocean Vuong, Joy Harjo, Chelsea Rathburn, Kavah Akbar, Jimyun Yun, Chen Chen, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Layli Long Soldier, Erica Plouffe…
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