Sundress Publications announces the eighth episode of the podcast, Shitty First Drafts. A podcast made for and by writers this show playfully investigates the creative processes of different artists to determine how a finished draft gets its polish.
In Episode 8, Andrew Dillon visits Brynn and Stephanie to talk all things poetry and writing, and on top of everything: being nice to people. In between college and graduate school, Andrew taught for a year in Korea, as well as a substitute teacher in Nashville. He describes how his love of music led to a love of poetry and how a Terrence Hayes reading inspired him to apply for MFA programs. Andrew reads his poem “Apologia for Never Saying What I Mean” and teaches Brynn and Stephanie about his unique writing and editing process that he says allows him to “keep going with the drafting instead of sticking on one line…so I don’t lose the [momentum]” he says. After discussing Andrew’s published poem and how his editing process has changed over time, they question whether any poem can ever truly be perfect. Andrew currently works and lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is a technical writer and sometimes-open-mic poet.
Andrew P. Dillon graduated in the University of Tennessee’s inaugural MFA class. His work is forthcoming or has appeared most recently in Analog, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Connotation Press, and Public Pool. He lives in Nashville and is completing his first collection, currently titled Captain for Dark Mornings (after a track on his favorite Laura Nyro album). He is tragically committed to the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and Tennessee Vols. He strongly supports the use of semi-colons, em-dashes, and the serial comma.