You Can’t Talk Like A Writer – Jack Grapes

Film Courage: How does a writer know they have written something in their true voice?

Jack Grapes, Artist, Writer, Author, Instructor: I think you know. You know what true writing is. You know what it is. I mean, I know when I’m bullish*tting.

Film Courage: How do you know?

Jack: You just know. I know it. Actors know it even in the middle of doing it. Actors can be in the middle of a play and at some moment they can go Uh-oh, I’m bullsh*tting and then actors have techniques to get them back grounded. They look at the other actor, they connect with their being as opposed to acting. You know when you’re bullsh*tting. Now with writing it’s not about whether you’re not being true, it’s about…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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Jack Grapes is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor, teacher, and the editor and publisher of ONTHEBUS, one of the top literary journals in the country. He has won several publishing grants and Fellowships in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s also received nine Artist-in- Residence Grants from the California Arts Council to teach writing in various schools throughout Los Angeles. He is the author of 13 books of poetry, including TREES, COFFEE, AND THE EYES OF DEER, and BREAKING DOWN THE SURFACE OF THE WORLD. A spoken-word CD, Pretend, was recently issued by DePaul University. He is also author of a chapbook of poems and paintings titled AND THE RUNNING FORM, NAKED, BLAKE. His most recent publication is LUCKY FINDS, a boxed set of 50 cards that extend and parody the dynamic artistic productions of high-modernist poets such as Ezra Pound and Charles Olson. For more information on Jack’s classes, please visit here.


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