About Enne Baker:
My name is Enne Baker, and I am a poet who is very much interested in human introspection and the natural world. I'm Montenegrin, and I was born in Kosovo and came to New York when I was a baby, and I am still happily living here. In 2017, I received my Bachelor's in English at Queens College, and in 2021, I recently published my first collection of poetry called The White Colossus.
What inspires you to write?
I think for being around the English language constantly through books, music, movies, tv shows, podcasts, or simply having a conversation with someone and find golden kernels of phraseologies that inspire me to write and expand them through poetry. I observe, engage with people and how they interact with each other and the functionalities of things. It's mostly about taking such an interest in life and being open that drives my writing.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Sylvia Plath, Christina Rossetti, J.D. Salinger, Sally Rooney, Mary Oliver, Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, and more.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to keep things simple and use a 1963 Olympia SM5 blue vintage typewriter. I also use a notepad in my Apple iPhone/Macbook Air. Then, with my hot coffee in hand, I take long walks in the park and streets, listening to music while writing in my notepad on my phone. Studies show that doing some exercise does wonders for creativity in the brain, the temporal lobe, hippocampus. So I recommend it, but be mindful when crossing the street! Then I compare notes and blend what works or doesn't, and sometimes the things that don't work, I use it later, kind of like recycling.
What advice would you give other writers?
Before writing, read a ton of books first. Then, if you feel like you don't have enough life experiences, try writing poems about nature, the trees, bees, or snow or summer rains. Then, when you gain personal life experiences, share what you want to share and manipulate it intelligently instead of just crying from the heart.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my book of poems because I wanted to be in charge of my own words. I do not want to get political, but I think there is a censorship problem with the traditional publishing houses these days that must go through "sensitive readers" before publishing your books, which I feel is unnecessary. I know that technically speaking, Amazon is my publisher, but this is the most freeing position to be in. I think it's because I'm an American and am passionate about free speech. Do what's best for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think ebooks are going to be the future of reading books. I published The White Colossus in paperback form on June 2021 and only had a few people read it, but when I published it in ebook in October, I was getting a lot more readership. The book publishing houses will survive because book culture may contain a small group of people, but boy are we passionate and that passion will survive in the long run as we continue to pass it down, I'm not convinced it'll be doom and gloom as some people put it. There are also scientific studies about how holding physical copies of books and reading them gives pleasure and help memory retention to some people, or I would argue for many people.
What genres do you write?: Poetry
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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