About Bruce Ario
I like to tell the story that I made a decision to become a writer when another homeless man asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I may well have become a writer even if we had never had the conversation, but I like to make decisions and stick by them as long as humanly possible. Given the opportunity and the karma of the situation I had to act.
But decisions shouldn’t be made blindly or without reason. I had always thought writers were cool. I just had never considered it to be a practical choice. It’s out of the mainstream, there’s no money in it, and there is a lot of time alone especially when you’re finding your voice. Then you have to face the inevitable rejection which can be tough because you’re offering something so personal.
But here I was homeless, and you might think I had nothing to lose. That’s not entirely true. I had a college degree, a family behind me, and youth. On the other hand, I had a mental illness which was out of control and an incomplete degree from law school. My reasoning was that I wanted to be a force for justice and going back to law school to finish my degree was quickly moving out of my control. I figured the best option to serve justice was as a writer.
So after that choice, I had to find a way to support myself while I worked as a writer. I ending up throwing myself into the arms of the city by disrobing in public, kind of like saying, now you take care of me. There was some strategy behind it, but I found out that that meant little or nothing to the law. I was judged insane and court committed to a group home.
That is where I reaffirmed my desire to be a writer and launched out. That was 1984. Although I’m a struggling artist, I have never regretted my choice. It’s brought me to interesting arenas which I write about. Please enjoy my work as much as I do creating it.