We sent out a survey of the same eight questions to our speakers to help you get to know them better. Here’s Jacqueline Jones LaMon, who will be speaking at BinderCon on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute as part of the panel Second Acts: Creative Writing as a Second Career.
Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two collections, Last Seen, a Felix Pollak Poetry Prize selection, and Gravity, U.S.A., recipient of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award; and the novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and UCLA School of Law, Ms. LaMon earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry, from Indiana University Bloomington.
Ms. LaMon’s work has appeared in a wide variety of publications such as Ninth Letter, Mythium, Bellevue Literary Review, Callaloo, and Crab Orchard Review. Noted by the NAACP in the category of Outstanding Literature, Poetry, Ms. LaMon is the recipient of a host of honors for her commitment to university teaching, her social and literary criticism, as well as for her creative work. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at Adelphi University.
Describe one moment, event, person, relationship or other thing that put you on the path to becoming a writer, or told you that this was going to be your career.
I knew that I wanted to pursue writing as a full-time endeavor the moment I realized that I love the process of creating books, even if some of those works ended up never being published.
What’s essential for your work routine, ie. early morning start, some type of music, clean teeth, a looming deadline?
My answer to this question has changed as I’ve changed. At this point in my life and career, I would say that the only essential is that my willingness and cooperation be present, that I breathe, and that I find the courage to rise above any self-imposed or artificially created barriers to my creativity. I used to say that I needed to write at a certain hour; I now know that I am able to write at all hours, whether rested or exhausted, whether focused or scattered. The nature of the writing will differ, of course, but sometimes we need that kind of disruption to alter our expectations of ourselves and our work. I am able to draft with a fancy pen, a #2 pencil, or a keyboard synced to my iPad. I write daily. I try to write early in the morning, but if that doesn’t happen, I discover mini-moments in the corners of my day.
After casting a glance at our program, who’s another speaker you’re excited to see at Out of the Binders and why?
Tayari Jones—because she’s a brilliant novelist and a generous artist.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths—because her poetry and photographs send electricity through my being.
Why do you think this Out of the Binders conference needs to exist?
This conference needs to exist because silence between women is lethal. We must communicate our experiences, share our contacts, and support each other in our struggles to survive and thrive.
What’s one link, aka URL, you’d give to someone who wants to read or find out more about your work?
This is a link to my personal website. Come visit!
Let’s get people to connect with you: what’s your Twitter handle/Facebook page/website?
My Twitter handle is @jajolamo
My Facebook page is here.
Let’s Do This.