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An Interview with Jordan Merlino

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Jordan Merlino is a nonbinary poet and watercolor painter. Jordan writes poetry and paints as outlets for their mental health. They currently live in Santa Fe, NM, USA.

Who/what made you want to write? Was there a particular person, or particular writers/works/art forms that influenced you?

Music is what inspires me the most. I particularly love Anthony Green’s writing. His writing is honest and deep.

What inspired you to start writing this book?

My best friend/ex-lover passed away suddenly in December of 2023. I wanted to commemorate her memory with the book I’m writing.

Tell us the story of your book’s title. Was it easy to find, or did it take forever?

The book’s title is inspired by my love for my friend. I know that her soul will live on in my heart, and I will continue to love her throughout the rest of my life.

Describe your dream book cover.

Having one of my paintings as the artwork. I would absolutely love that.

What other professions have you worked in? What’s something about you that your readers wouldn’t know?

I was a paint and sip acrylic painting instructor back in Baltimore where I’m from. It was a fun job! I love teaching. I hope to teach more sometime in the future.

What books did you read (for research or comfort) throughout your writing process?

It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine. It’s been helping me process my grief of my friend.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from reading your book? How do you envision your perfect reader?

I hope readers can feel the healing power of poetry, especially when it comes to loss. Grief is intense, and I envision that the words I evoke will help someone along their healing journey as well.

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