July 10, 2023

EP 208: Interview with Author Ryan Keating

EP 208: Interview with Author Ryan Keating

Today, R. N. Roveleh, one of the co-hosts of The Nuts and Bolts of Writing, will be interviewing writer Ryan Keating. Four of his poems have appeared in our literary magazine “The Unconventional Courier."

Ryan Keating is a writer, pastor, and winemaker on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. His work can be found in publications such as Saint Katherine Review, Ekstasis Magazine, Amethyst Review, Macrina Magazine, Fathom, Vocivia, Roi Fainéant, and Miras Dergi, where he is a regular contributor in English and Turkish.

R.N. Roveleh asks Ryan the following questions:

  1. You live in Cyprus now. Could you tell us more about your connection with Turkey and North Cyprus?

  2. Why Cyprus? Is the Mediterranean area a tangential area between classical culture, the European center of Christianity and Jerusalem? (Are you inspired by classical culture in any sense?)

  3. A poet's relationship with nature is usually a strong one, and Mediterranean nature is exquisite - what inspires you the most?

  4. How would you define ekphrastic poetry and what is your approach to it?

  5. What does “depth” mean to you? And how do you achieve it in your poetry?

  6. Could you tell us more about the form of the poetry you’re writing? The rhyme, the rhythm. Why do you think that your chosen form fits the themes of your poetry?

  7. Could you tell us about your experiences with monasticism?

  8. Poetry is a means of negotiating the relationship of the lyrical self with divinity. How does your spirituality influence your writing and inspiration? 

Check out the poems Ryan submitted to The Unconventional Courier: https://tetedepunk.wixsite.com/theunconcourier/post/4-poems-by-ryan-keating 

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