Featured Works: Week of Sept. 21 (Inspiration)

By on Sep 20, 2015 in Issue Archives

Sand and Beads

As writers, artists, musicians, photographers, we craft our works based on what inspires us. This week’s Wild Violet contributors let us inside the creative process.

In “My Muse Sings Only Country” by Emory Jones, a “truck-stop troubador” takes a writing journey.

Inspired by that country-singing muse, in his poem “Border Country,” Emory Jones tells a tale of Tennessee men and boys.

In the Desert of My Mind” by A.J. Huffman delves into the zen of writing.

In “The Muse of Monterey” by Thomas Piekarski, the speaker draws inspiration from a favorite waitress.


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.