Who Is Frank X. Gaspar? What Is It About Your Life That Created You As A Writer?
As odd as this might sound, I think I was a “writer” from my very earliest childhood. I remember filling paper with scribbles before I knew any letters of the alphabet. There was something tactilely pleasing about moving the pencil over the pad. I wrote “stories” as soon as I learned to read. I read voraciously. I loved reading. Circumstances were not happy, and reading took me to marvelous places. As I got older I found that trying to write my own stories and poems, such as they were, gave me a similar feeling of liberation and possibility. The concentration required to make something—I think perhaps any art–is not unlike certain kinds of meditation. It heals and affirms.
Read the full interview with Frank X. Gaspar in The Blue Mountain Review, January 2022.