When we reviewed the applications for our first Creative in Residence program, Tyquan Morton’s stood out to us. Not only is he passionate about his creative pursuits, he is committed to community and giving back in a meaningful way. We asked Tyquan a few questions to help you get a better sense of who he is and and what he does.

Who are you?
Tyquan Morton

What do you do?
I write poetry, I work with kids on the autism spectrum, I work with young boys who have behavior issues, and I work at a coalition fighting against domestic violence and sexual assault…..a handful of jobs, which may seem like a lot, but they are all so rewarding!!

Why do you do it?
I do what I do because I believe in being completely involved in the community and being a voice and support for those who aren’t able to express themselves and who aren’t always heard.

What is your creative process?
My creative process is a little crazy…like most I’m sure. I tend to have a general theme for a new poem and at least one line (which I may or may not use) or one metaphor I want to use. After I write the one liners down, I begin forming a story in my mind with my poem. I start thinking about the emotion I want to evoke within the listener, but also, what emotions from myself I want the listener to empathize with. I usually write my poems in first person to make it personal for myself, but after I’m close to completion, I turn it into a 3rd person poem. It makes it less personal for me and more personal for readers and listeners.

It’s very rare for me to write a poem in one night. I’m a crazy perfectionist, so I’m alway rereading and editing and substituting words when I find a better alternative. However, in those rare cases when I know exactly what I want to write about and the devices I want to use and how I want to use them.

What’s the one piece of advice that you wish you had heard when you began your creative pursuits?
The one piece of advice I wish I had when I began writing poetry is never to give up or stop writing. Over a period of about a year, I had completely stopped writing. I had just began college and completely left it behind.

What is inspiring you these days?
My poems are inspired by various social issues happening in our world today. From the new president-elect to homophobia in the black community to racism in Charleston. These topics are all personal to me.

What are you most looking forward to with the creative in residence program?
I’m most looking forward to the experience-meeting new people, collaborating, writing. This program is offering me a community, which is something any creative needs to create.

We’re so thrilled to have Tyquan join our coworking community and look forward to seeing the work he does as one of our creative residents.

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing & Communications