Michael Alpiner, a resident of Queens, NY, has been a teacher/professor for 26 years. His work appears in online, print journals and anthologies, most notably, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust.

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What is your medium of choice?

Describe your creative process (i.e. brainstorming, sketches, etc.).
I tend to experience and observe life, and wait for the inspiration to percolate inside me for a while. Then when it is ready to emerge, I get the poetic itch, and write.

Where do you get most of your creative work done?
I get most of my work done on retreat, when the mental traffic slows to a crawl.

Is there a particular theme or concept you’re working with at the moment?
I am working on a manuscript about my late father’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as a young adult dystopian novel.

Who do you hope connects with your work?
Anyone really. Just as long as they appreciate the beauty of literature.

Who are some of your creative inspirations?
Carolyn Forche, Sylvia Plath, John Fowles, Billy Collins…

Are there any specific places you go to feel inspired (i.e. museums, coffee shops, etc.)?
A beautiful park on Long Island…Caumsett State Park.


Who would be your dream collaboration, living or dead?
Carolyn Forche, who is quite alive, and fabulously intimidating.

Do you or do you want to explore other means of expression?
I am open to it. I enjoy play writing as well as poetry.

Find out more about Michael Alpiner on his website. His poem “House Noises” was published in The Insomniac Propagandist: Ruminations of an Expatriate.

This has been the second installment in our series of Contributor Spotlights, highlighting the talented artists and writers that were published in our first volume of TIP. Stay tuned for more!