Jwoods, aka Allen Imagery, has been writing poetry for nearly 10 years and has been a national award-winning photographer with Prestige Portraits for six years. He recently released his debut book of poetry and photography, WaterMelanin. For more information, e-mail AllenImagery@tmail.com. Q: What are you reading now?
A: Other than the Bible, I’m reading On the Bus With Rosa Parks by Rita Dove.
Q: What do you like about the Indianapolis art scene?
A: I like the way Indianapolis was on the ropes, but finally decided to stand up and fight back ... For so long, we’ve heard about how New York and Chicago are runnin’ it, but now “Naptown” is waking up — and stirring it up.
Q: What don’t you like?
A: I don’t like the divisions. You’ve got the “black” poetry readings, and the “white” poetry readings ... But until MIC CHECK MONDAYS at ISIS, it seems like no one was willing to bridge that gap.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Everything that GOD has allowed me to go through. My life is like one of those movies where someone is tied to the train tracks, and the hero comes outta nowhere to save the day ...That inspires me.
Q: Drug of choice? A: I am completely addicted to my wife.
Q: Who’s your favorite politician?
A: Ummmm ...
Q: What’s the hardest thing about what you do?
A: Giving my public what they desire but staying authentic.
Q: What’s your favorite TV commercial at the moment?
A: If I say the Pacers one, can you get me courtside tickets?
Q: Three people living you’d invite to dinner?
A: That’s too hard! It’s my party I’ll invite four if I want to! Jesus, Amel Larrieux, Langston Hughes and Gordon Parks.
Q: Can love be pornographic?
A: The marriage bed is undefiled ... So let the cameras roll.