Interview #7: Erica Jasmin Dixon

Erica Jasmin Dixon (she/her) is a writer, artist, and a current student of the Queens University of Charlotte MFA in Creative Writing program. She writes primarily fiction, poetry, and screenplays. She is originally from North Carolina. 

Erica's poem, Fond of Failure, will be published for blood orange's upright Two of Wands card on April 25, 2020.

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What drew you to submit your work to blood orange?

What drew me to blood orange was the unique concept of a poetry tarot deck! The opportunity to combine both poetry and tarot was irresistible and I just knew that I had to submit my work here.

What poets have influenced the way you write?

I have been influenced by Emily Dickinson, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ada Limón, and Tiana Clark. Each of these women have a strong voice and a great style to their poetry. Voice is something that is important to me in all of my writing.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on my very first poetry book! It combines femininity, pop culture, and a bit about my life. I am very excited about it; I hope to have it completed within the year and off to a small press! In addition to that, I am also compiling a short story collection as I finish up my Master of Fine Arts degree at Queens University of Charlotte.

Do you have a favourite tarot or oracle deck?

Yes! My favorite deck is the first deck I ever purchased. It is called ‘The Afro Goddess Tarot Arcanas’ (First Edition). I was drawn to the beautiful hand-painted images and I loved that the deck was created independently by a woman of coluor who seems so passionate about expressing her creativity and spirituality.

Do you feel a particular connection to the card your poem is published under?

The Two of Wands and I are very well acquainted. It is a card that comes up often in the deck for me, usually when I am feeling somewhat lost. It is a reminder to keep expanding and that the world is my oyster. I tend to go towards the things that I am most passionate about, so I instantly knew that this was the card that I wanted my poem to be published under.

Why is small/independent/anti-publishing important?

Independent publishing has an important place in the publishing world. It’s an opportunity to hear the voices of even more writers and artists. It also gives more of the reins to artists, so that they have a larger say in all parts of the publishing process. Having a voice and making it heard is so important today.

Can you name a poet/press/project you think more people should know about?

Absolutely! I have two great poets that I think more people should know about. Dasia Duarte has a great flowing way of expressing herself. Her poetry is full of emotion and it breathes on the page. Also, the poetry featured in Ezekiel J. Walker’s hybrid book, Seventy Moons, is so well done. He tells the story about a crucial time in his life through both poetry and prose; the poems speak loudly and often vividly about his circumstance. They both also write in other genres as well.

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