National Poetry Month Celebration
Almost all of my poems are born from [real and imagined] moments from my own life. I am inspired to write because I am curious about the world and my place in it. My poetry comes from a hunger to understand. In the process of writing, I often discover things about myself that I didn’t even know. For example, “my sister” becomes “a book I do not know how to write.” “My name” becomes “the music of loose change.”
By using this heightened language, I am able to uncover some truths.
My dad used to always say, “you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’re coming from.” My poetry is this mantra in written form. I am inspired by the complexities of human existence—of my existence—and by telling the parts of my story that I already know, I am able to better understand how my story will continue.
What advice do you have for someone that is threatened by poetry?
"Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom." - Marilyn Ferguson
What is an interesting fact about you?
My first time out of the country, I almost drowned in the Nile River. And I got malaria. Needless to say, it was a pretty uninformed venture…But says a lot about my personality. I tend to the waters- no pun intended- with both feet.
Where are you from/Where do you live?
I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina, and I live currently in Washington, D.C.
Who is your favorite poet?