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📖Interview with Rebecca May Smith: The Paradox of Womanhood (art & poetry book)

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The journey of exploring and embracing the beauty and strength, complexity and contradiction, mischief and reverie, pleasure and pain of becoming our authentic self is a lifelong adventure: a pilgrimage celebrated in this unique, adult coloring book.

Inside you’ll discover:

  • 48 beautiful women to color and create.
21 calligraphy crafted lines of poetry with borders to complete.
  • 3 cards, 6 gift tags and 4 bookmarks to finish and share.
Your special link for your complimentary gifts.
  • Insider Secrets to Coloring Like a Pro.
  • Your step-by-step guide to simply beautiful adult coloring.
  • VIP subscription with coloring pictures and puzzles delivered regularly to your inbox.
  • Completed artwork from contributing artist, Olga Kolesnyk.
  • Interviews with our creators – Lou – our poet, and Rebecca – our creative and inspiration collector and creator – on how and why this unique coloring book came into existence and into your hands.

Unleash your creativity, relieve your stress, and discover your Zen within the pages of this intricate and detailed peek into the best of womanhood!

Hello there, Rebecca! The Paradox of Womanhood merges art and poetry quite seamlessly. And the fact that it’s interactive art (coloring) makes it even more fascinating to me. What inspired this highly unique creation?

I love poetry. It has the power to reach out; to gently caress or to widely plunge us into the depths of our very soul and uncover those things long since hidden.

I also love art and the impact it creates.

And I adore the power and fragility, the complexities and contrasts in being a woman.

The inspiration for this book was to share the incredible journey and being of womanhood. Then to craft a piece to aid in creation for creation sake. Not in the “succeeding” or the “winning”… Whatever you or our world may perceive this to be. The winning here is just in the doing, the feeling, the creative connection… Without any judgement at all.

I absolutely love it! So, what has your artistic journey been like up until now?

I love to explore standards and different ways of being. Maybe that comes from a combination of years at University studying health science, the curiosities in clinic, and life’s experiences showing me that we are so much more than atoms and flesh.

Language can be used to tell a story, of course, but its whimsy, rhythm and ability to color and connect are what I really love.

“…We are so much more than atoms and flesh.” What a mystical statement to make that I couldn’t agree any more with! So, we’ve dabbled into inspiration and journeys. Now, I’d like to discuss central themes.

The main theme is womanhood, and how we can be both fragile and strong, funny and serious, genius, fun and grounded. It’s about accepting ourselves and other women as we are.

Unconditional self-acceptance is such a beautiful thing. It’s safe to say this book is chock-full of important themes. What muses have been guiding you along the way?

The incredible women in my life, those I have been blessed to meet along the way, and each woman playing her role in our communities.

Sounds like a powerhouse of inspiration to me! How do you normally go about creating? Is there a particular process you abide by?

Oh, it rarely starts as a process. More a burst of creative inspiration that strikes in the depths of the night! Then, once the initial thoughts are penned, the piece is usually left to rest. Other ideas will strike – thank goodness for always having a notepad and paper on hand. Then when I am ready, I come back to combine, edit, read, edit, rest and edit some more. This process was different than usual as I worked with an amazing poet named Lou.

That’s wonderful. Also, it’s great that you joined poetic forces with another talented word artist. Thanks for giving us a sneak peek into your vibrant world and your new book. It was a true pleasure!


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Evy Zen (formerly Eva PoeteX) is a mystic poetess, eclectic artist, fiction writer, and wellness advocate who calls the Greater Cleveland area home sweet home. Born a Clevelander with a Greek lineage, the arts started being a major part of her life the moment she picked up her first crayon. To date, dozens of Evy's writings have been featured in publications like Thought Catalog, The Journey Magazine, and Journey of the Heart: Women's Spiritual Poetry. As a spoken word poet, she has also had the opportunity to collaborate with numerous musicians across the globe. Currently, Evy is the Founding Editor of Poehemian Press and runs the decade-young poetry website (formerly The Artistic Muse). Additionally, she is the author of several independently and locally published poetry books, including "Esoterra" and "Sacred Shapes." Furthermore, she works as a full-time freelance writer and editor. In 2012, Evy received a Bachelor of Arts degree (honors) in Creative Writing from Cleveland State University. She also obtained a Diploma (distinction) in Exercise Nutrition from Shaw Academy four years later. When she's not creating, Evy Zen recharges her batteries by reading her weight in books ("The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho is her personal favorite), going on epic bike rides, meditating to ambient music, and racing super cars behind the safety of her computer or TV screen. To find out more, visit her official website at

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