Interview with James Carlo Naggi

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started writing stories as a student in grade school. I liked to read very much, still do, and liking to write followed.
What is your writing process?
For poems I first write my thoughts as a narrative in full prose form. I go back and hack off all superfluous verbiage. Then I organize what's left into lines on a page. The result is basically a series of tight phrases grouped around an experience, aimed at hopefully creating insightful imagery.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I remember reading was a children's biography of Abraham Lincoln. I liked it so much I checked it out from the class library three or four times in a row just to re-read it. Finally the teacher told me I needed to move on to something new.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1949. During my boyhood in the '50's, the city was at its peak. Our neighborhood was a mix of second-generation Italians, Poles, and Irish. I was taught by Servite nuns--excellent, tough teachers who instilled in us, above all, accountability. My father and my uncles ran neighborhood groceries, bakeries, butcher shops, and the like. I continue to appreciate having grown up in that ethnic, blue-collar environment, and especially the rough humor, hard work, and straightforward unpretentiousness I saw all around me every day.
Published 2015-08-01.
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Books by This Author

The Top Out of View
Price: Free! Words: 4,530. Language: American English. Published: May 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
American high school football is a showcase for players' skills, a Friday night diversion, an energizing community-unifying activity. But there's more to it than that. Through free verse poems, the author helps give readers a view of some of the inner dramas contained within a typical season.