Which life experience (whether that is a love, a travel experience or something else) has taught you the deepest life lesson?
I think for anyone who knows me, they will know my response to this question is love. Whether that be when I have fallen in love with someone, the love I share with my family and friends, or the love I have felt around me in different parts of the world… it always comes down to love. I have been in love, and have felt it to my very core. Therefore, a good majority of my writing circles back to being in love, or falling out of it. Through all of those experiences, I think the deepest life lesson I have learned is to love more, and always. Considering the state of the world we live in, I think it is really important to showcase love as the greatest gift we can give to one another, in whatever form we can. So, if I could pass on a lesson and sound incredibly cliché at the same time, I would tell you this: Love, above all else.
What power do you find in poetry? What kind of meaning does it hold to you?
Poetry is powerful in and of itself. I think it embodies the power of vulnerability, which people are often afraid of. I have found I can articulate my feelings a lot better when given a piece of paper and a pen, as opposed to fumbling over my words while someone is staring right at me. I think with this question I can bring back my answer to the first, to explain just how much it means to me. Poetry gave me a voice. I remember one of the first poems I ever wrote, and crying over all of the pages. I came out to myself as gay in that poem, because I couldn’t stand the image of myself saying it out loud. But, poetry allowed me to be vulnerable with myself, and now allows me to be vulnerable with all of you. I can proudly say I share my love openly and recklessly, all thanks to the power that is poetry.
If you could inflict any positive change in the world, what would it be?
There are so many answers that I have to this question, but if I could summarize it into one large answer, it would be to recognize love in everyone and eliminate hate. There are so many people in suffering from being forced into boxes labelled by unjust scrutiny. Racism, homophobia, the stigmatization of mental illness, the hierarchy of power… the list could go on forever. If we could just look at each other as equals, the world would be such a better place. So, if I could inflict any positive change in the world, it would be to screw any facet of negativity that exists, and embrace each other for everything we are.
Will you be coming to the launch party?
I will be coming to the launch party, but will unfortunately have to check out right before it ends due to a prior commitment. I would not miss an opportunity to congratulate two exceptional women and friends, as well as embrace the forever growing art community for coming together and creating something so beautiful.
What does Messy Minds mean to you?
Messy Minds is haphazard thoughts, vulnerability at its finest, and the truest form of art. The name itself describes the projects exact intentions. It is a collection from a silenced community who is ready to be heard. I don’t think people truly recognize what they are in for with this book, but I do know it is going to be the start of something incredible.
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