BY A.A. REDD
All art is about identity in some way, because no art can be shaped without contact with self. No pocket of the creative world can be utterly without ego—but that isn’t necessarily a negative thing. Self-awareness can be a double-edged sword, but it’s one that’s necessary to wield if an artist is interested in growth and change. No one knows that better than Gregory Hedgepeth, who works harder than almost anyone I’ve ever met to actualize his goals and dreams.
Reading his work gives you a vivid glimpse of the prolific writer and Editor-in-Chief himself. From the pages of his telescopic, genre-defying Misconceptions about Sunrises to the evocative, incandescent wordplay of his Dirty Dozen poetry series, Hedgepeth has proven himself to be a literary force to be reckoned with. Outside of his own writing, he encourages our team at Vital Narrative to realize the full potential of our ideas with relentless spirit and enthusiasm.
One thing becomes clear when speaking to him: this is a person who not only knows who they are, but knows the trick of self-guided evolution. Here, he talks inspiration, self-expression, and the women in his life whose input matters most to him in this enlightening and uplifting interview.