(Benjamin E. Nardolilli is the author of “Summer of Artifice” in the first issue of Survival By Storytelling Magazine.)

How long have you been writing and what sparked your interest in it?
I have been writing seriously for roughly 5 or 6 years, though I was storytelling before that (and somewhat surviving.)

Who are some of your favorite authors and what are some of your favorite books?
I enjoy TS Eliot, Sartre, John Berryman, Ezra Pound, Kierkegaard, Hunter S. Thompson, Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Whitman. You can imagine then what my favorite books are.

What inspired you to write your story/poem? Where did it come from?
The terrible summer of 2008, which shall henceforth not be mentioned again except by literary vices and devices.

What advice would you give to any budding young writers out there?
Always be writing something, even if it’s a questionnaire.

What, for you, makes a good story/poem?
Like a good amusement park ride, you return to the start and say, AGAIN!

If you could buy any one person alive today, who would you buy and why?
His holiness the Pope, Benedict XVI. I’d like to pitch a reality show where we live together.

More interviews to come! Make sure to check out the first issue of Survival By Storytelling!