Tell me a bit about yourself….
My name is Keith Mark Gaboury. I’ve been writing poetry since I was a child. I studied English and creative writing at Baker University, San Francisco State University, and Emerson College. Since 2016, I’ve been living in the Bay Area. While I have a day job as a preschool teacher, I regularly attend open mics, readings, and workshops.
What genre/s do you write in?
I write poetry, including free verse, prose poetry, and formal poetry.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing poetry seriously since 2004.
Do you have any published books or articles?
Tell me a bit about these and what publishing route you took.
In 2020, I released two chapbooks. Hello, Universe Lovers was released in May 2020 through Duck Lake Books, and Oakland, I’m Not Dead, was released in June 2020 through The Pedestrian Press.
Did you use an editor? If so, who?
No, I do not. I suppose I’m my own editor.
Did you use a book formatter and cover designer?
No, I do not.
Did you self-publish or get traditionally published?
How did this go for you?
My two chapbooks were traditionally published through indie publishers. The publisher of The Pedestrian Press is a personal Bay Area friend. Duck Lake Books is a Washington State-based indie publisher.
How do you market your work and promote your brand? (Include links)
I have a poetry website at www.keithmgaboury.com, Instagram at poetrylivesnow, and Twitter at @GabouryKeith. I’ll post writing-related promotional items on these platforms.
What social media and writing platforms would you recommend?
I’ve used WordPress to create my website. I did this mainly because I have very little technical knowledge.
Do you use an agent?
No, I do not.
Do you use paid advertising? If so, what?
I’ve occasionally paid for Facebook ads.
Do you have a blog or website?
Yes, at www.keithmgaboury.com.
What inspires you most to write?
I write because I have to. Writing poetry makes me see the world in new sharp ways.
What do you do to help with writer's block?
If I have writer's block, that’s the universe telling me I’m not doing reading enough. While I love to read poetry collections, I believe it’s important for a poet to read from multiple genres. I especially enjoy reading novels and historical non-fiction.
How do you plan your writing and start?
I write the first draft in my journal. Since I was in college, I really prefer writing first drafts rather than typing them. Once I have a feel for a poem, I’ll type it up and revise it.
Is writing your full-time job? If not, what else do you do?
I don’t write full time. I have a day job as a preschool teacher in Oakland, CA.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m finishing up a surreal poetry manuscript centered around the human body. The poems take place in the Bay Area, and they take a surrealistic look at issues of gender, sexuality, and identity in a contemporary context.
What is your target audience?
My target audience is anyone who loves poetry. While most of my audience are those who live in the Bay Area, I certainly wish to target beyond the Bay Area and California. In our age of Zoom, that’s certainly possible.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It’s taken me about five years to write this surrealistic poetry collection. I didn’t excessively work on the collection during this time, though. I’m often working on various different books/projects at one time.
When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?
When I was in middle school, I remember wiring a short story. Once I finished it, I felt this rush I had never felt before. Whenever I write something new, I’m always searching for that same rush.
What is your writing schedule look like?
On a weekly basis, I attend writing prompt classes and workshops. That structure fuels my writing schedule.
What does your family think about you writing?
My family knows I mostly write weird poetry. My mother will sometimes joke that our family conversations will end up in one of my poems.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I have a full-time job. That takes up a lot of my time.
Where do you get information and ideas for your writing?
I’m always on the lookout for interesting writing prompts. Once I start writing from a prompt, it’s enjoyable when I surprise myself at the writing I produce.
What do you think makes a good story?
I believe a good story must surprise both the writer as they wrote it, and the reader as they read it.
Thank you for the chance to get to know you better, Keith, and the information you have shared.
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