1. Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)
I am a poet and spoken word performer. I think the themes of my writing as increasingly becoming more political. Recently love and turning points in myself are influencing my poetry, so the feel of my writing is constantly shifting with the people that I meet and situations I find myself in.
2. What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?
I find that marketing massively eats into my writing time. I am very proactive and I schedule my posts a week ahead. I feel a lot of pressure to keep up high quality content on my blog and to promote my work, because I worked very hard on my collections. I think I want to work to a more 50-50 balance of writing and promoting strategy.
3. What projects are you working on at present?
At present I am working with Claire Songbirds Publishing House, New York, to make my chapbook ‘Digging Holes to Another Continent’ as perfect as it can be, for its release in May! You can preorder this from the website now. The collection was inspired by my visit to the stunning country of New Zealand, at a vulnerable time for me and my family.
4. What does poetry mean to you?
Poetry means self expression. Poetry is power. Poetry is shaping my words the way I want – my message can be written as eloquently or as broken as I want to present it and I love that artistic freedom.
Digging Holes to Another Continent, contains twenty poems, but it speaks volumes. Almost like a small story in verse, the poems in this chapbook chronicle the sights and experiences of a trip to New Zealand. The beaches and the sea feature heavily in these perfect small poems, and these pieces turn the reader into a traveler to far distant shores.
(Blurb by Nicholas Trandahl, author of Pulling Words and Think of Me)