Belinda Subraman comes from El Paso, Texas
How long have you been writing? Oh I’ve been writing poems since I was in grade school last century. I’ve been published here and there for about 30 years. Greatest accomplishment? Not sure but maybe my new book, Left Hand Dharma: New and Selected Poems from Unlikely books. Available on Amazon.
Where can we find your work? You can see a pretty good sampling of my writing by Googling Belinda Subraman.
How do you react to rejections? I have a ten page Intro in Left Hand Dharma which gives a pretty good overview of my writing life. I’m sure I was discouraged with my first rejections but I kept submitting. I estimate acceptances to be at least 500 over 30 years. Rejections, I don’t count, however there were many more than acceptances. I used to save them. In fact, I believe there’s a folder in my archives at New Mexico State University in Albuquerque.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? One of my most interesting accomplishments in the writing field was editing and publishing an international literary magazine for 10 years, called Gypsy. I also published books and chapbooks under the name Vergin’ Press. During this time I had contact with Bukowski and Burroughs and I was living in Europe. Interesting days, as I look back.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? I still write and am looking to do a multimedia event with poetry, music, dance and art. I also paint and drum and they are as important to me as writing now. They’re all poetry.
What is your preferred drink while you write? I’m not much of a drinker these days but I believe in herbal medicine.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Best advice to writers is to keep writing but don’t freak out if you have a dry spell. Also, never submit while stoned, especially if you just wrote it. Let your work cool and edit it in a calmer mood.
What is your favorite food? I’m currently on a “health kick” so I’m staying away from wonderfully delicious unhealthy foods, doing yoga, walking more, even weight training a tad.
Personal website/blog: I used to run several blogs, a personal website and others. Now I’m down to pretty much the ones listed below.