Devorah's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Central Route

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    San Francisco, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 2

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 2

DEVORAH MAJOR

Poet/Novelist/Essayist
San Francisco Poet Laureate 2002-2006

“I think there's this idea that you gotta be set right now, and I don't think you have to be set right now. I think what you do is you find something that excites you, and you do that and maybe it grows tangentially from that...”

INTERESTS:

Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Character Experience Inspiration Instincts Negativity Passion Societal Pressures

TAGS:

acting, being in the moment, being open, dance, living, living your own life, poetry, travel

BIOGRAPHY:

Devorah Major's original dream was to be a dancer and an actress while she was in college. She wrote poetry too, but never thought about being a poet. After a year at San Francisco State, Devorah took a year off to travel in Asia—a trip that would prove monumental in opening herself up to the flow of her life. She returned to college focused on pursuing an acting or dancing career, while writing on the side, and that's when people started noticing her poetry more than her theater appearances. She started getting more gigs doing poetry than theater. Devorah she says she kind of got "sucked" into the poetry world, but decided to be open to it. "It's a fire in your belly, and you know when there's a fire in your belly."

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