Spotlight On Writers
- Where, do you hail from?
I live about a dozen miles outside Manchester, England. Ours is a city of hectic days and frantic nights sculpted by the beautiful lives of the young. After one particularly exhausting night out with much younger friends, I wrote a poem called "In the Day" which I have submitted to Spillwords Press and which hopefully, you will be able to read soon.
NOTE: "In the Day" will be published 1/17/17 at 2am Pacific Time (PT)
- What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
There is a tremendous history of creativity in Manchester. In fact, the whole of the North West of England has a rich creative history, from the Beatles and the whole Mersey scene of the 1960s to the Manchester music scene of the Factory Records era in the late 1970s and early 80s, the Madchester movement into the 1990s and the hugely successful Manchester band Oasis. Writers and poets from the North West have produced works of world renown, from William Wordsworth to the seminal work of "Punk Poet" John Cooper Clarke. Sometimes you might swear you can feel the creative power of this wonderful region growing into you. I certainly do.
- What turns you on creatively?
I am a mostly reactive writer, responding to what I see around me. When I feel my voice will help to illustrate or shine a light upon an issue I care about, I am always inspired to write.
- What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
"New", because I believe in second chances.
We have to believe in the dawn of day, box-fresh new, with promise in its breaking.
- What is your pet peeve?
Noise, when silence is needed, and silence when revelry is demanded.
- What defines Steve Pearson?
We all have different faces that we present to the world based on situations and societal norms, but at heart I am a political person, a lifelong socialist, an atheist and a humanist. I have an unshakeable belief in the value of, and the need for social justice and equality. I abhor bigotry and its constructs and challenge it wherever I see it.
However, if you strip away, layer by layer, every element of life, of living, of being? Where do we begin to lose that spark of self? I am defined by family. I am a husband, father and grandfather first and foremost, and everything I am springs from it.