Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Donna Snyder

via Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Donna Snyder



What would you say to someone who asked you “How do you become a writer?”

Read good writers. Read bad writers. Read every day. Write good stuff and bad stuff. Write whether or not you’re in the mood. Buy journals and other people’s books. Go to readings at least once a month. Submit to journals and anthologies. Cast your bread upon the waters; support other writers and independent publishers.




Brief video recorded during interview by Ramón Rentería

This is a very brief video recorded by Ramón Rentería during his interview for the El Paso Times.


Video made during interview for El Paso Times--screen shot

Video made during interview for El Paso Times–screen shot

Interview by Daniel Chacón on Words on a Wire

Daniel Chacón, the prize-winning author with international renown, interviewed me on Words on a Wire, a weekly literary program on KTEP, the National Public Radio affiliate in El Paso, Texas.  I also read a poem from Poemas ante el Catafalco:  Grief and Renewal.  In the weekly “Poetic License” segment of the show, Azu Domínguez read a story and sang a song by Pedro Infante.



Three Questions for Poet Donna Snyder from Miriam’s Well

Thank you, Miriam Sagan, for including this interview of me in your series found at Miriam’s Well.


Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond


What is your personal/aesthetic relationship to the poetic line? That is, how do you understand it, use it, etc.

Aside from childhood efforts, I began writing poetry in my early 30s, without any academic training. I was an obsessive lap swimmer, and my line length tended to be similar in length, read aloud as my natural breath. I soon became aware of the use of lines to emphasize specific words and images. Later, my line breaks began to signal both punctuation and continuation. My writing is innately rhythmic, likely influenced by performing my poetry with a band of musicians, artist, and performance poets from the West Texas/Northern Chihuahua/Southern New Mexico border region.

Do you find a relationship between words and writing and the human body? Or between your writing and your body?

The connection between my body and my poetry is multilayered. I tend to write in an uncalculated…

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Interview on KTSM Channel 9 live news show

Live interview by Adrienne Alvarez on August 22, 2014

Victor Hernández, cover artist for Poemas ante el Catafalco:  Grief and Renewal, and myself