-- Quote of the Day --
"You can tell more about a person
by what he says about others
than you can by what
others say about him."
~ Leo Aikman
-- BlogJog Day ! --
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-- Internet Service Issues --
Apologies to all who missed yesterday's Authors Read radio episode - we have been having Internet service issues with Shaw Cable all week long! - lol - Nothing worse than that for a writer!
Today's episode of Authors Read features - Ebony Haywood is a poet. In 1996, her poem, "There Was Once a Potato," won first place in the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP ACT-SO poetry competition - and is now available as a childrens illustrated book. Join us to hear Ebony read from this work by clicking on the hyper-link above. Airs at 9:30 (pacific)
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-- Writer Interview #13 --
Today we have poet Brittney Lake joining us to share her thoughts on poetry, and the publishing industry in general...
Q: Are you happy and satisfied with your publisher?
A: I am very satisfied with my publisher. I’m a new author, and my publisher has been so helpful and patient.
Q: Would you self-publish?
A: I’m not that brave. I really don’t know much about the business. I’m a writer—not a publicist. I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Q: Do you feel like you can do more with poetry than prose?
A: I just feel like poetry is so powerful. I’m telling stories with just a few words. This makes each word more meaningful and important than they would be in many other forms of literary work.
Q: What is the main focus of your poetry work?
A: I think that many of my poems are focused around Black American heritage and lifestyles. I have poems that range from inspirational to sexual. They are about different subjects, but I’ve focused on what I know best, the Black American community.
Q: Do you still have the first piece you wrote?
A: Yes, it’s probably the only poem that I have memorized. It was a poem that I wrote almost ten years ago while I was in 8th grade.
Q: What is your typical workday like?
A: I try to write in my journal every day, but I’m not always inspired to write poetry. I keep a journal with me at all times. There are times when I just sit on campus and watch students. I don’t really have any goals; however, when inspiration hits, I stop everything that I’m doing to write.
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