Friday Feature: Interview with Dylan Sanders

Each week, the editors of Jenny Magazine sit down with either fellow literary magazine editors or past Jenny contributors for short interviews. This week’s interview is with Dylan Sanders, a past contributor of Jenny Magazine.

Describe your first publication. Where was it, when, and what was the piece about? How old were you at the time and how did it feel?

My first publication was on a blog called Poet’s Haven in February 2015. The piece was called “Mark of the Young,” which was a poem I had been rewriting since college about a friend who died in a drunk driving accident.

What inspired your piece in the Jenny?

I wrote “I Kill Myself Days at a Time” because I’m tired of seeing poetry about the beauty or the artistic side of depression. I wanted to make something blunt that really expressed how I felt as a person who goes through the daily thought process of “What if I killed myself right now?”

What got you into writing?

I’ve been into writing since I was young because I read all the time — like Lord of the Rings for class in 8th grade all the time. I guess this is one of those stereotypical things where the reading nurtured the writing, and I had the right people supporting me when I would show them my work.

What do you like writing the most? Is there a certain style you prefer?

As fun as I find poetry, I think my true love will always be in fiction. And I prefer works that are quick to get to the point, quick to tell jokes, but aren’t afraid to take a step back and analyze themselves seriously every once in awhile.

What are your influences? Who are your favorite writers?

I have a lot of musical influences, but in terms of writers, two of my favorites would have to be Craig Clevenger and Hemingway.

What’s your proudest moment as an author?

The proudest moment would have to be when I heard that my chapbook, Skull Kids, was selected for publishing by Bronze Man Books.

How has your writing developed over time?

It developed the same way most do, I guess. It started out super angsty and “real” like most college-age Bukowski wannabe garbage. Then I started to open up and get more comfortable experimenting with the abstract and bizarre until I found my niche.

Are you currently working on anything?

I’m sitting on a pile of close to 100 poems that need a good home; it gets expensive feeding all of them so if you know someone who wants to adopt let me know. Also I enjoy starting novels and never getting past the halfway point.

What’s your writing process?

Super unhealthy amounts of alcohol. I’m kind of kidding, but my process definitely involves shutting myself off from the rest of the world, putting on some appropriate music and making sure the damn Chrome browser is closed.

What are you currently reading?

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.

Have you ever co-written something with another author? If so, what was that experience like?

Yes. It was a lot of me writing stuff for her to give feedback on and her not having the time to reciprocate any work. Very one sided and short lived.

Have you ever worked with a medium other than writing? Or collaborated with someone in another medium with your writing?

I used to draw a lot, and I’ve really been interested in learning how to use Fruityloops or something to make some music.

Are you a past Jenny contributor or an editor at a literary magazine and interested in an interview? Send us an email.


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