Can you tell us about yourself?
I was born in Brooklyn N.Y. in 1978. I was raised by my parents who entered America as immigrants from Italy. When I was young, I found myself writing poetry as a way to express my feelings to my family and friends. I never pursued my writing until when my life changed dramatically on May 22, 2009. While working for a telecommunication company for eleven years, I was involved in a hit and run accident during a weekend getaway; the accident resulted in major injuries. On leave from work I decided to publish my first poetry chap book: A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul (ISBN: 9781449099916) in May 2010. Following that I published my second book After the Storm: Poetry That Refreshes the Soul (ISBN:9781613466414) in January 2012.
Why poetry? Do you write fiction too?
Blogging for me at http://anthonyfrando.net/ is a great way to provide unique original information that can be found no where else to my reading audience. My blog focus is writing and collaboration – filtering information and providing context for those interested in a particular subject like my poetry. For the most part, my blog has fallen into the two categories poetry and fiction. During national writing month in November 2011 (nanowrimo.org) I completed a writing draft of 50,000 word mafia novel called The Captain. I am in the process of editing my work before sending it to a professional editor. I am also co-authoring ghost novel called The Enchanted Locket with a co-author friend Jennifer McFadden.
How long have you been blogging? Do you think being part of a poetry community contributes to your creative writing?
I started blogging in March 2010 just before my first poetry chap book A Book of Poems was published. Following that I created a fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AnthonyFRand. I also created a website at http://anthonyfrando.com/ The theme of my blog is my writing journey. I would have to say poetry is what I write the most on my blog. Even though I have not been blogging for a long time I found the idea of bloggers and blogging powerful and constantly evolving. Being able to communicate freely to readers without restrictions is a great way to express yourself.
Being part of a poetry community helps a blogger to expand its audience to other poetry readers. Reading other blogger website helps me to learn new ways to write poetry.
How do you know when a poem is done? your own experiences need to be shared here..
My Inspiration comes from the joy of past relationships, a tragic event that I experienced, emotions that I felt the day I decided to write a poem. Whether, it may be love, remorse, or healing, I tried to capture an event in my life that sparked my writing. I feel having the correct flow of words that tells a story to a reader with the correct amount of emotion helps me to find a completion in a poem.
We’re happy that you have been part of Poets Rally as a participant, what has driven you to where you are in this particular community?
I absolutely love being part of Poets Rally as a participant. The blog helps writers share their writing with other bloggers and readers. I've enjoyed reading, commenting and subscribing to many blogs threw Poets Rally.
Please share 3 to 5 blog links you enjoy reading most, give 1 or 2 sentences to tell why you love their creative process.
Jennifer McFadden (http://jenniferemcfadden.net/) She is my friend and co-author for the Enchanted Locket the young adult novel that we are writing together. We met at University of Phoenix online school in 2003 and kept in touch over the years. She lives in the Houston area with her husband and two sons. She is an author of a children book, Rusty My Playful Cat and she also writes fantasy and science fiction.
Karen Elliot (http://karenselliott.wordpress.com/ ) Karen is an editor and proofreader, blogger, and writer. She edits fiction and non-fiction including: sci-fi, fantasy, children’s, mystery, paranormal, western, horror, historical, literary, and journalism.
Jeannie Leflar (http://thewriternubbin.wordpress.com) She writes about life and living, relationships, and matters of the heart.
Please list your blog links below, share 1 or 2 poems that represents best of your poetry talent…