How old were you when you wrote your first piece and what inspired you at that time to write poetry?

I was probably around 12 or 13. I was really into reading a lot of the beats growing up and I had a copy of collected works from Carl Sandberg to Burroughs and Kerouac. I slept with that book growing up. Those writers led me to other poets and opened up so many worlds. Poetry also helped me forge my way as a songwriter and open up new territories