Skip to main content

An Interview With a Typewriter Poet

I'm relatively a new fan of Tyler Knott Gregson's work, but that doesn't make me any less a fan. He's rekindled some kind of primal poetic urge in me I've long had dormant.

He seems to be mostly known for his "typewriter" series (as pictured above). He's also a photographer.

A little while ago, I sent him several questions. Tyler replied yesterday, and read on to see what his answers were to my questions:

UC: How/why did you get started doing typewriter poetry?
Tyler: I have always been writing, as long as I can remember, and I have always loved spilling out my words however I could possibly do so.  After writing a Daily Haiku on Love for over 3 years, I ended up buying an antique typewriter at a local antique store and just to break it in, I sat down and wrote an entire poem in about 2 thinking it through, no proofreading, nothing.  Just sit and spill.  After the first, I was hooked and haven't slowed down since, 330 poems later.

UC: How have you felt about the reaction to it? Lykke Li is a fan I see!
Tyler: To be honest, any reaction at all blew me away.  I have never written for any other reason than to get the things I feel inside, out.  I write for me, and me alone, and the fact that anyone, anywhere even bothers to read it still blows my mind.  A few different "celebrities" have jumped on board with enjoying it and I just cannot make sense of it.  That said, it's so interesting to hear from and reach so many more people, and that reaction is clearly the source of it all.

UC: How long have you been writing poetry? Why did you start?
Tyler: I started because I had to.  I had too many words in too many places inside me and I needed a way to release some of that steam, that pressure that builds up.  I had to leak it out and poetry just always made sense.  I think the first fully formed poem I ever wrote was when I was 12 years old.  

UC: I see you are also a photographer! Do you approach photography similarly to poetry? 
Tyler: For me the two are intrinsically linked.  I think I've always seen the world as this perfect little miracle filled with so many beautiful little moments.  The tiny things, the simple seconds that I feel go unnoticed far too often.  In my poetry and my photography, I think I try to make tiny moments absolutely giant. Whether it's writing of a single second of time passing between two people, or capturing that in a still image, it's what I tend to go for.

UC: Who are your inspirations/influences?
Tyler: I just love to read.  I Love it.  I've always loved Walt Whitman, Neruda, T.S. Eliot, e.e. cummings, Brautigan, Millay.  SO many.  As for influence, I am not sure any of them have really influenced the way I write, as I think I write very differently from them, but I just love them and more than their writing style, their viewpoint on the world.

UC: What are you working on at the moment?
Tyler: Still going with the Haiku, Typewriter Series, Photography.  I own a photography company called Treehouse Photography and we fly all over the United States and world (when hired of course!) shooting weddings and I absolutely adore it.  We're always looking to go to new places and photograph new faces.  I'm also throwing around the idea of writing a screenplay for a film.  We'll see.

330 poems is QUITE A LOT. Thanks, Tyler! Check his work out here, one more time. 


Popular posts from this blog

"Mon Soleil" - Ashley Park

If there's anything people take away from my piss-poor legacy, I hope it's what a huge, unabashed fan of "Emily in Paris" I am and will continue to be. People love "90 Day Fiancee," "The Bachelor," and other garbage - allow me "Emily," which is at least harmless, kind of goofy fluff (which does, unfortunately, lean into some stereotypes, as the country of Ukraine knows ). I have already watched Season 2 twice. And honestly my favorite part of this show (despite my crush on Camille Razart and Lily Collins channeling Audrey Hepburn hardcore ) is Ashley Park. This woman has superstar written all over her. She's a bona fide Broadway star, and "Emily in Paris" has served as her pivot into the zeitgeist.  "Emily in Paris" is also showcasing her vocal prowess front and center this season, with her covering BTS, "All By Myself," "Sympathtique," and Marilyn Monroe. But the real standout performance is th

Give JR a Break

Recently, I've been reading some sites that have criticized James Roday, the lead actor on the USA show PSYCH for an apparent weight gain. But you know what? Who gives a flying fizzle stick if James Roday is slightly larger than he was 4 years ago. Apparently, it wasn't enough to scare away his current girlfriend/ co-star Maggie Lawson. (Who is one hell of a Catch!) And NO they are not engaged. That seems to be nothing more than a rumor, but there is a very high chance of it happening in the near future. Anyway, as long as PSYCH continues to entertain I don't mind about James Roday's waist. He, and Dule Hill, and Corbin Bernson too, can eat all the fried broccoli they want. The last episode of PSYCH wasn't so smashing, but I don't blame it on dietary issues. QATFYG: Are you keeping up with Psych? And who is hotter, James Roday or Maggie Lawson? (Trick Question but idk why) PS: If you have heard any more news on Roday and Lawson becoming Roday-Lawson, send it

Appropriate Holiday Gift Ideas for the Single Lady

While some people may see it as a drag, there are plenty of benefits to being single during the holiday season. During this time of the year, there are tons of parties you can attend that you may not have had the opportunity to if you were in a relationship. There’s also not as much stress on you as a single gal during the holidays because you don’t have to shop for your partner and extended family members  or  stress over where to eat Christmas dinner.  Not everyone sees the bright side of being fancy free during the holidays, and, tragically, they aren't afraid to let us single ladies know. Not only are single women subjected to even more harassment and ridicule during the holiday season, they’re also given the most obnoxious gifts by those who can’t comprehend how anyone can be both happy and single. Whether it’s a self-help book (desperately) trying to reinforce how great is to be single or the gift of a year-long subscription to , single women are presented with