I was born in Key West on Sept, 11th 1951 but we moved up to Jacksonville, Fla. in 1953 and I grew up there. I attended St. Paul’s School from kindergarten through 8th grade. I was in the advanced reading class in 7th and 8th grade. We read books like Quo Vadis, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Oliver Twist and other classics. I went to Bishop Kenny 9th and 10th grades, then Robert E. Lee in 11th and 12th grades. I stayed in Tampa, Fla. for 4 years studying at the Univ. of South Fla, taking writing courses. I do have a BS in Printing and Graphic Arts from State College at Jacksonville and worked in a print shop for 11years.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
The greatest thing about my hometown is water with the St. John’s River flowing north through the city then east to the Atlantic Ocean, smaller rivers, creeks and streams. We welcome visitors as tourism is Florida’s #1 industry.
What turns you on creatively?
Ideas. I love the challenge of putting words in order to convey ideas to my readers. We have a world full of talented artists and they turn keys in me that inspire me to write.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Music. “Yes, Kepler, I hear music.”
Using my hearing, my inner ears are inspired by great music. The rhythms in poetry establish such music.
What is your pet peeve?
Being misunderstood. I intend to be an artist as a poet and writer and try all I can to communicate make myself clear.
What defines Edward McCloud?
I am an independent thinker. I do not adhere to any prescribed ideology. I am influenced to seek out the truth for myself.
I was born in Key West, Florida on September 11th, 1951. My family moved us up to Jacksonville, Florida in 1952. My mother read books to me. I remember her asking me if I could read between the lines and explained the meaning of that. From kindergarten through 8th grade I attended St. Paul's Catholic School. I was in an advanced reading class in 7th and 8th grade. We read Quo Vadis, Homer, Mythology, Oliver Twist. I went 2 years at Bishop Kenny High School and 2 years at Robert E. Lee High School. Our basketball team won 26 games and lost 3. Leonard Skinner was our coach; the great band used his name.