Devorah's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Central Route

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    San Francisco, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 2

  • ON DVD:

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

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

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

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was always interested in the arts; went to college to study acting and dance, wrote poetry on the side.
  • Dropped out of college after a year and traveled around Asia, says it “blew open [her] head.”
  • On dropping out to travel, she says, “What’s the worst thing that’ll happen? You’re one year, two years older. You went for something, so you never ask ‘what if?’”
  • Went back to school at San Francisco State University, tried to pursue her acting career but people kept asking about her writing.
  • Says she got “sucked into poetry, not of her own volition,” but her writing spoke to people.
  • There was suddenly “a fire in her belly,” she found herself staying awake writing until 3 a.m.
  • Says that she didn’t ever think of having a career as a poet, but by “being present in the now,” she was able to seize upon crucial opportunities.
  • Deals with negativity by saying, “those people aren’t living my life.”

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