Who Am I? Amy Locklin the New ED Asks
In my poem “‘What Am I?’ A Charades,” I write,
more than a box
I am a self-identified animalist, believing the world would be a better place if humans conceived of themselves within the animal kingdom rather than above it. I am a teacher, an innovator, a problem solver. My Myers-Briggs test results recommend I become a private detective, about which my mother has remarked, “Yes. Why don’t you do that?!” Instead I am a detective of nonprofit administration, of creative writing, of instruction, and I also write about one particular PI. I consider myself a humorist, a conversationalist. I sing, I dance, sometimes in public. I am a beginning songwriter and have written two and one-half songs.
I experience life largely through my family, here in San Diego, Stella the dog, Dexter and Nelly the cats, and the human Rex (Rex might not be thrilled to come last, but I would remind him about syntactical emphasis in endings). Before moving here I had to send one cat, my most recent reformed stray, to live with my brother and his wife in Toronto. I named her Edith after Edith Piaf because she consumed all things including physical love very compulsively. (Apparently she continues this behavior in Canada, being a charming addition to my family there.) Lastly, though we speak from time to time on the phone, I had to leave the one bird I love in Indiana, my home of many years.
I followed my husband to San Diego, who arrived in November 2011 to begin his position as COO of the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. In late May 2012 we made the drive out together with our two remaining cats and dog and all my belongings we could squeeze into our Honda Fit; and I was thrilled to be called about the ED position at the SDWI approximately one month later.
As to my professional identity, you can find my credentials on our web page About/Who We Are. In brief, for four years I directed the IU Writers’ Conference—the second oldest such conference in the country. I received my MFA in Creative Writing – Poetry – but I am truly opportunistic about genre. I have just published a poetry chapbook called The Secondary Burial and last year I edited and published a sci fi and fantasy short fiction anthology, Altered States* (I see poetry and these genres as intrinsically connected). I’m currently editing a second short fiction anthology called Law and Disorder. My poem “Desired Inventions” can be found in the online journal Clementine Magazine, Issue 5.
But as to who I am individually, at root, at core, in the glue that binds all the parts of me together? The question remains a door, opening.
*On Saturday, Oct 13 beginning at 7pm at the Ink Spot I will read from my chapbook and published fiction anthology as part of our Fall for Writing Conference special events; my reading will be followed by an open mic featuring conference participants. Come join us!