This edition of What Poe Means to Me, features Eli August. Catch Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings at Poe, Pints and Poetry on April 23, 2016.
1. Name and Occupation
Eli August. Songwriter/singer
2. What was your first exposure to Edgar Allan Poe?
I believe that my first real introduction to Mr. Poe’s works was sometime in highschool.
3. What is your favorite Poe piece?
My favorite pieces from Poe would be Cask of Amontillado, The Haunted Palace, Mask of the Red Death, Israfel
4. How has Poe influenced your outlook professionally?
I would say that the works of Poe have done a good deal in influencing my own writing in regards to taking attention to word choice and meanings. You are taken in by his craft and his clear love of words, what they mean, how they sound and where they can take the reader. To stand somewhere in that great shadow is an honor.
5. What is your favorite thing about visiting the Edgar Allan Poe House?
I like that those who work there care about preserving this man, this history and this city. Being able to step into that house and step back in time and see how one of the worlds great writers lived is an opportunity that should not be passed by.
6. Any other reflections on the role of Poe in Baltimore or in your life?
When I moved to the city in 2010, I admittedly knew very little about it. But I did know Poe. His grave was one of the first places I visited and the echoes of his life that still run through this city were in a way a small comfort to me when I was a stranger here. The world knows Poe and Poe can help the world become better acquainted with Baltimore.
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