Interviews

Q & A: D. R. Perry

A few days ago, Stardust, Always was released. All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital as a tribute to David Bowie and Alan Rickman. To celebrate it’s release, we’ve been sharing some of its contributors’ responses to four short questions every day this week.

Today, we’d like to share D.R. Perry’s interview with Mayra Pérez González. D.R. Perry contributed a poem about ending titled “Ticker.”


MAYRA PÉREZ GONZÁLEZ: Why did you choose to participate?

D.R. PERRY: I’ve lost family members to cancer and [have] been a Hospice Care Aide. I see what this disease does and want to help as much as I can.

PÉREZ: Describe your experience contributing to “Stardust, Always.”

D.R. PERRY: The process of drafting the poem was intense. Everyone has been amazing to work with. These writers rock. The editors, beta readers, and visual artists rock and rule.

PÉREZ: What influence has David Bowie or Alan Rickman had in your life?

D.R. PERRY: David Bowie’s music is something special. It speaks to just about anyone if they pay attention and it’s helped me make friend I otherwise might have passed by. Alan Rickman was an excellent example of how a person can find success later in life. As a late-starter, that inspired me. I started writing with an eye to making it a career just two years younger than he had his film debut.

PÉREZ: Anything else you would like to say or add?

D.R. PERRY: Thanks for the interview!


Stardust, Always is now available on Amazon.

Student Scribe

End of Semester Frustrations

So last week’s battle with writing student math got far more complicated than it needed to be shortly after my last article was turned in for publication. Within 72 hours my grades were totally turned upside down.
As I mentioned, I emailed my professor to get clarification on my Peer Critique grade. I emailed her on Wednesday and got an almost immediate response telling me she’d look into it and get back to me within 24 hours. I heard nothing. So I kept working on my paper and got it to a point I felt proud of. I submitted it on Sunday when it was due and emailed my professor to touch base. She got back to me a few hours later telling me her power had been out due to bad weather and she’d look into it that day. In under 30 minutes she replied saying “I clicked the wrong buttons in the rubric for your grade. My apologies. It is updated now.” The correction bumped my grade up to an A. It changed the needed grade on my paper to get an A in the course from a 90 to an 83. It’s mildly annoying at best.