Sylvester L. Anderson was born in 1965 in Chicago, Illinois. He currently lives in Alsip, Illinois with his wife. He is the youngest of three (older brother and sister) and works two jobs. He loves writing poetry. Anderson has self- published two books, Life through Celestial Lenses and The Darkness, The Light, And the Glory.
Loren Kleinman (LK): When did you decide to become a writer?
Sylvester L. Anderson (SLA): Although I had been writing poetry since high school, I really didn’t decide to become a writer until a decade later. With a little nudging from my family, you know.
LK: Why did you choose the genre you write in?
SLA: I chose poetry because of that freedom of expression. Poetry to me is without boundaries. It’s like looking through a telescope and looking at the stars. They go on and on. That’s how I see poetry; everyone reads the same poem and takes something different from it.
LK: Where do you get your inspiration?
SLA: I get inspiration from life, from being alive and appreciating life and the people I am blessed to have in my life as well as other writers I meet through social networking. Music inspires me a lot too. It stirs up those little poetic munchkins inside. My biggest inspiration is God. He gave me the talent and passion for poetry.
SLA: Right now, “Bigger Than Impossible” by Lydia Chorpening. It’s about being strong in faith and experiencing the possible through God. Also, a book of Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, it helps me to unwind and laugh a little.
LK: If I give you a time machine, what time period and in what place would you travel to?
SLA: I would travel back to July 13, 1985. That was the date of the Live Aid concert to benefit Africa. I remember getting up early in the morning and watching from start to finish. Some of the biggest singers, bands, musician of that time were there. I would love to go back to that day and see it live, in person. I still youtube some of performances.
LK: Is there anything else you’d like to share to our followers and readers?
SLA: Yes. I would like to thank you, Loren, for this interview. It took around 18yrs for me to get my first book of poetry published. That was a dream come true. I continue to write and look forward to meeting more special and talented people. Never give up on your dreams.
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