Always on the road, always writing, and always making, Jeremiah Walton and the Nostrovia! crew are poetry in the raw. They’re not afraid of where words might take us. I asked Jeremiah a bunch of stuff, but I forgot to ask about this. Go find him on Twitter and then pick up a book, why not.
Do you consider yourself a ‘writer’? like is that what you identify as?
When people ask me ‘what do you do,’ like in conversation with a stranger, I say, ‘I’m a poet.’ That’s what I focus on. Pretty much everything I do is centered around poetry at this point. The funky conversations it sparks are cool, too.
What are your main ‘outlets’ for writing? (social media, poetry, fiction…whatev else)
Writing poems, & street ciphers.
There’s intimate small group or one-on-one readings that happen as we travel. It’s a good feeling. There’s no stage. No boundaries. No one is better than anyone else, for reasons literary or otherwise. It’s human, people doing what they love, and sharing it with a spontaneous gathering.
Some friends and I, one cat traveling around the country in a short bus, my friend Neeko Ford, a hip hop artist I met in Tucson, and this awesome traveling poet named Clay Bugh all met up at Beast Crawl in Oakland. Clay and I were performing at different venues during the First Leg, and bumped into after performing outside of an open mic where they gave you a shot of bourbon to perform. We spent the night wandering around the Bay sharing poems and experiences and travel stories. The next morning, in San Francisco, we all sat around on the sidewalk for hours reading poetry and freestyling. We were in the Excelsior district. It was beautiful.