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Interview with poets Josh Hatcher and Michaelah Hatcher


Poetry cuts through America like deep rivers, carrying our joys, our sorrows, our stories from mountains to seas. Josh Hatcher writes his own American rivers, celebrating the love of family, mourning deep loss, and calling out a nation divided and broken.

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toturnthepenMichaelah Hatcher’s debut book is a journey to adulthood, and much of the story is autobiographical. Michaelah writes poetry to learn; she longs to understand the little things in life, the world around her, and most of all, herself. Hatcher deals with the difficult topics of first love, anxiety and depression, spirituality, and the precarious nature of America’s current culture through a very personal lens.

To Turn the Pen comes from the Latin proverb “Stilum vertere.” The phrase is in reference to the styluses of the Greco-Roman era, which had a scraper on one end used to erase letters from clay tablets. The saying means “to correct and begin again,” which is something Hatcher has had to remind herself continually over her journey.

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Today, I’m here with Josh Hatcher and his daughter Michaelah to have a little chat about their poetry books. What made you two decide to write these books?

Together, we wanted to encourage each other to write and create.

I love that. So, Josh, when did you first get into writing?

I’ve been writing since I was young, about the same age that Michaelah started writing.

I was going to ask you when Michaelah started writing… How wonderful that she began writing poems around the same time that you did. Now, I’d like to know what messages you’re both trying to convey in these books.

Josh: That despite the growing ideological divide – we are all the same- and this country will only be great again, if we make ourselves great again.

Michaelah: A journey from innocence, through cynicism, toward hope.

Those premises both sound very beautiful. It sounds like writing is very much a joined effort for you two.

Yes. We challenged each other to write a poem a day for a month. It really challenged us and got our creativity flowing – so we kept going!

That’s fantastic! Is there anything else either of you would like to add?

Books are available on Amazon! (The links are included above.)

Thank you! I find it so heartwarming that you two encourage each other to write as much as you do. And the fact that you’re a father-daughter poet duo warms my heart even further. It was a pleasure speaking with you! 🙂






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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