Heath Brougher

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Heath Brougher comes from York, PA

How long have you been writing? Ever since I learned how to write. When I began submitting my life’s work at age 34 I found notebooks as far back as 2nd grade.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? That would be getting my first book of Spiralism, titled To Burn in Torturous Algorithms, finally put together and published. Spiralism is a new style of writing I began developing as far back as the age of 17 (I’m currently 38 yrs old) and have been putting the first 3 books of it together (mainly book 2 and 3) in my head for the last 20 years. To everyone who has been asking about Spiralism, there is an interview I recently did only concerning Spiralism which will help answer a lot of your questions. As of now you can check out Scott Thomas Outlar’s review at Setu Bilingual (February Issue) here: http://www.setumag.com/ 2018/01/Scott-Thomas-Outlar- talking-art-and-artists.html ;

What projects of yours have been recently published? “To Burn in Torturous Algorithms” by Weasel Press

What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I’m currently typing up 17 of the 74 books I had written in notebooks before I began submitting at age 34 (4 years ago as of April, 2018). More importantly than that, though, is editing a chapbook which has already been accepted titled “The Ethnosphere’s Duality.” I believe it to be the “deepest” book I’ve ever written. It’s written in a very experimental way but it’s main theme is “what causes something to exist?” or “what creates creation?” I have had several experiences before going into a seizure where I have seen/experienced “something else” or this “other thing” as I call it. That is, something divorced from Consciousness that cannot even understand Consciousness and Consciousness does not have access to this “other thing.” Since this is the ONLY recurring thing I’ve ever seen/experienced before going into a seizure, and I’ve experienced it an uncountable number of times, I got to thinking, could what I’m experiencing be Existence itself? A rock has Existence but not Consciousness so wouldn’t it make sense that Consciousness has nothing to do with Existence? I could go a lot further into this but I’ll stop here.

Where can we find your work? https://www.amazon.com/Heath- Brougher/e/B01NBMO1IQ/ref=ntt_ dp_epwbk_0  https://www.facebook.com/ heath.brougher

1st review of Spiralism in Setu Bilingual:http://www.setumag. com/2018/01/Scott-Thomas- Outlar-talking-art-and- artists.html ; 4 of my books can be found at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref= nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias% 3Daps&field-keywords=Heath+Brougher and all 5 of them at my FB page  https://www.facebook. com/heath.brougher as well as the websites of their respective publishers. Here is the site for Weasel Press and my newest book, which is the first book of Spiralism, https://www.weaselpress.com/ product-page/to-burn-in- torturous-algorithms

How do you react to rejections? You’ve just got to let them roll right off of your back and keep moving forward. Funny you ask this question since I actually felt a slight sting of a rejection letter recently because I was on a streak of 64 acceptances in a row (which I’ve never even come close to before) and this ended up cutting that in half, to 32. I just laugh it off now. I’ll more than settle for 32 consecutive acceptances. That STILL outdoes any other acceptance streak I’ve ever been on.

How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication?  It always feels nice to receive an acceptance letter. If it’s a magazine I really like I can become ecstatic. For instance, when I received my acceptance letter for The Ramingo’s Porch I experienced an ecstatic state.

If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? The Prophet from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet.”

Shakespeare or Bukowski? Bukowski.

Personal website/blog: https://www.facebook.com/ heath.brougher

Profile(s): Heath Brougher is from York, PA and attended Temple University. He is the co-poetry editor of Into the Void Magazine, winner of the 2017 Saboteur Award after only four issues. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award Nominee and his work has been translated into journals and anthologies in Albania and Kosovo. He was the judge of Into the Void’s 2016 Poetry Competition and edited the anthology Luminous Echoes, the proceeds of which donated to an organization that helps to prevent suicide/self-harm. He published three chapbooks in 2016, one full-length collection, About Consciousness (Alien Buddha Press), in 2017, another full-length collection To Burn in Torturous Algorithms (Weasel Press) in 2018, and has 3 other collections forthcoming in 2018. His work has appeared in Taj Mahal Review, Chiron Review, MiPOesias, Blue Mountain Review, Main Street Rag, Blue Fifth Review Word For/Word, Cruel Garters, Lotus Eater, Loch Raven Review, Tilde, Otoliths, First Literary Review-East, Boston Poetry Magazine, Zoomoozophone Review, Van Gogh’s Ear, Mannequin Haus, Lakewood Journal,  Epigraph Magazine, *82 Review, Bird’s Thumb, Crab Fat, BlazeVOX, and elsewhere.

Books for sale and/or press: A Curmudgeon is Born (Yellow Chair Press, 2016), Digging for Fire (Stay Weird and Keep Writing Press, 2017), Your Noisy Eyes (2 different versions by Stay Weird and Keep Writing Press 2017), About Consciousness (Alien Buddha Press, 2017), and To Burn in Torturous Algorithms (Weasel Press, 2018).

The Ramingo’s Porch Issue #2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998847674/