We had the good fortune of connecting with DJ Lincks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DJ, why did you pursue a creative career?
There didn’t feel like another option. I’m not unaware of the trials and misgivings that being a writer carries with it, but living my life in any other way just didn’t seem right. It wouldn’t be authentic to who I am as a person.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Initially when I began writing, it was difficult to find my voice. I began imitating authors that I found particularly unique in how they approached writing. Jack Kerouac and Charles Bukowski seemed to know things that I didn’t. I loved Kerouac’s chaotic and jazz-induced prose. Bukowski presented poetry in a way that I had never seen-it had all the complexities that poetry has, but it was accessible. I aim to do a lot of that in my writing. It’s more about putting the most obvious yet difficult to capture aspects of life into words. It’s the most challenging yet rewarding genre. I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of many teachers, including friends, family, professors and more. I want the world to know that writing is for everyone, contrary to what we’re taught in public education.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live about 4 blocks from Cheesman Park and it’s one of my favorite places in Denver. It’s the perfect place to walk around or read a book. It’s kind of hard to go to a lot of indoor places these days but Thai Monkey Club off South Broadway is usually my go to for food!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Any English professor at Metropolitan State University and Front Range Community College. They are the one’s keeping writing alive.