Prompt to Page with JC McPherson

Each month, we interview a published writer who shares their favorite writing prompt. Whether you’re just getting started or have written for years, you’ll find ideas and advice to inspire you and help you become a better writer.

Prompt to Page is brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

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Author and arts administrator JC McPherson is also a trained master electrician who approaches poetry with a troubleshooting mindset. He says that “writing a poem is no different than wiring up a new room, like putting new lights in the outlets. And it’s a process.”

JC often returns to his favorite writing prompt because it “shakes something loose” and helps him relax into his writing. Shake up your writing process and have fun while doing it with his help. Listen below!

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About JC McPherson

JC McPherson sits with his chin in his hands. He's wearing a baseball cap and a purple shirt. Behind him is a bulletin board with flyers for writing events.

JC McPherson has a background in writing, electricity, and general troubleshooting. A recipient of the 2022-2023 National Leaders of Color Fellowship through South Arts, he is an associate for the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative, Creative Writing Instructor, and arts administrator.

He is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and the author of numerous collections of poetry. He’s also a member of the Society of American Baseball Research.