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📖INTERVIEW: “7 and a Crescent” by Keith Howze II🌙

0001__EditedA book of short poems expressing deep moments, written in a simple and touching style, to bring moments of calm and reflection into your busy day.

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Hello there, Keith! I’m thrilled to be chatting with you on this fine spring day. Thanks for taking the time to talk for a bit. I’m interested in hearing about your inspiration for 7 and a Cresent.

Throughout my existence I have suffered and endured just as anyone else has the capacity to do so. In this book, you find a clear exemplification of growth, indefatigable perseverance, and the development of irrefutable love for myself as well as others.

That sounds immensely beautiful and poignant. When did that creating writing spark first enter your life?

I’ve been writing creatively since the 3rd grade. During my time as a foster child, I was approached by a Native American poetry teacher that taught me how to use my words to tear down the walls around me. He gave me freedom. The freedom to depart from the facts of a matter or from the conventional rules of language when speaking or writing in order to create an effect, specifically.

It’s educators like that that really transform academia as we know it. What an empowering experience that must’ve been. What are some central themes in this collection of poetry?

Self-love and progressive ruminations of enlightenment and altruism.

Again, how immensely beautiful! What are some of your major influences?

Love and misery as vast and ephemeral as the ocean.

Wonderful answer! Quite poetic, too. So, what about your poetry-writing process?

I strive consistently to be an eclectic writer and artist. In that, my process is always changing, subsequently providing me with room to grow and apply new concepts, ideas, and techniques. Writing while on a train or boat fills me with the most joy.

Brilliantly put! And writing on a train or boat would be amazing. Are there any concluding thoughts you’d like to share with anyone who’s reading this?

Thinking is recognizing causes and that is the only way in which sensations become insight. Meaning and reality aren’t somewhere beyond things, they are in them. In everything.

Such powerful words! This interview has certainly been both enlightening and inspiring. Thanks again, Keith!


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📖INTERVIEW: “Rainbows & Dreams” by Michelle Murray🌈

🌈A book of poetry ranging from nature, to musings, to Native American inspiration. Poetry that inspires and takes you away to far away places.🌈

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Poetic musings inspired by the Great Spirit, Gaia, and her beautiful inhabitants… Needless to say, I’m very excited to be talking to you about your poetry book, Michelle! Other than those three elements, what else inspired Rainbows & Dreams?

My inspiration came from life experiences and various other places, including people, songs, and walks through my neighborhood, as well as thinking at lunch, sitting, reading, a song that played on the radio, or a saying that stuck with me. My inspiration comes from many places and in many forms.

That’s a lot of inspiration right there! Your book certainly is multidimensional. How did your passion for writing poetry come to be?

I started writing poetry in high school, and was lucky to win various contests and be featured in “Whos Who Among American Poets.” I took a break to raise my children, and now I’m trying to get my work out again.

That’s wonderful! I’m glad you’ve been reconnecting with your poetic spirit as of late. So, we now know what inspired you to write Rainbows & Dreams, and now I’d like to know more about the central message of the book as a whole.

The main message I try to convey is hope and to keep going. Life can get you down but there is always another day and another chance if you are willing to take it.

That is such a beautiful message. What poets influence you the most? What inspires you in general?

I love Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and Robert Frost. I also enjoy music and books.

Excellent choices! What does your creative writing process usually entail?

I don’t really have a writing process. I think of something and start writing, then go back and revise if I don’t like it. I’m trying to get in the habit of writing daily but it’s harder than it seems.

Daily writing certainly can be challenging, but it’s infinitely more rewarding. Kudos to you for setting the bar so high. I wish you the best of luck with that goal, any future work you’re planning on putting out there, and everything else in life. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’d love to share my work and get thoughts on it. Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments!

Thank you so much, Michelle! Chatting with you has been a complete and utter pleasure. Be blessed always.


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Hello! My name is Michelle Lee Murray. I am a married working mother of two fine young men. I live in Wisconsin. When not writing I enjoy reading, especially science fiction/fantasy and classics. I also enjoy doing painting, crafts and spending time with my family. I also enjoy going for walks and swimming.

 

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📖INTERVIEW: “The Long Body That Connects Us All” by Rich Marcello

Provocative and profound, Rich Marcello’s poems are compact but expansive, filled with music as seductive as their ideas, and focused mostly on how to be a good man. This is a collection of deep passion and wisdom for fathers, husbands, and sons, but also for mothers, wives, and daughters, many who began with a longing for the things they were taught to desire by their forefathers, only to later discover a different path, one lit by loss and welcoming of the vulnerable, one made of the long body that connects us all. Click here to purchase on Amazon.


Hello there, Rich! I’m happy to be kicking off spring equinox with another wonderful interview. Needless to say, this book sounds like an inspiring collection of poetry, but what exactly inspired it?

I wanted to publish a collection about what it means to be a good man in the modern world. There are many great poets out there, but few these days are writing on this topic. With all the divisiveness in the world these days, much propagated by violent men, I wanted to show some of my own experiences about being open and vulnerable with the hope that some of my specific experiences would generalize.

That is so beautiful. I absolutely love your vision. Speaking of which, what are some central messages you strive to instill into your readers?

Thematically, the collection is about what it means to be a good man in the modern world––a timely topic given all that’s going on these days.

With all the divisiveness in the world these days, much propagated by violent men, I wanted to show some of my own experiences about being open and vulnerable…

Wonderful. So more on you as a poet… What sparked your interest in the written word?

I’ve been writing poetry all my life. I also have written over sixty songs and my publisher, Langdon Street Press, has published three of my novels: The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall. I am currently working on my fourth novel, The Latecomers.

How exciting is that? I’m really happy for you. And a little bit more about you as a writer if you don’t mind… Who are some of your poetic influences?

I love Merwin, Audre Lorde, Mary Oliver, and Kay Ryan, to name a few, but really, I love just about any poet who writes from a deeply emotional place.

Absolutely. It’s those courageous writers who unapologetically write from the depths of their own psyche that really impact other writers and readers alike. So, I musk ask: What does a day in the life of Rich look like (writing-wise)?

I write every day for four or five hours in the morning. I’m a big believer in going from one kind of dream time (sleeping) to another (writing) right away, so I find working in the mornings is best for me. The rest of the day I focus on family, friends, and the causes I believe in, like climate change.

That takes quite of bit of discipline. I applaud you for dedicating so much of your time to your creative side, all while maintaining that “writing/life” balance. That doesn’t come easy. Before we wrap things up here, are there any concluding words that you’d like to share with everyone?

Thanks for taking the time to check out my work. If you are so inclined, feel free to drop me a line about any of my work, or about anything you feel like discussing.

My pleasure, and thank YOU! It was such a joy speaking with you. May boundless creativity continue to flow your way 🌞


Commercial PhotographyRich Marcello is a poet, a songwriter and musician, a creative writing teacher at Seven Bridges’ Writer Collaborative, and the author of three novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.

The Color of Home was published in 2013 by Langdon Street Press, and melds together honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and “unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen.” The Big Wide Calm was published in 2014, also by Langdon Street Press. The US Review of Books stated, “Marcello’s novel has a lot going for it. Well-written, thought-provoking, and filled with flawed characters, it meets all of the basic requirements of best-of-show in the literary fiction category.” The Beauty of the Fall was published in 2016. Faulkner Award Winner Mark Spencer commented, “Few novels are as intelligent and relevant as The Beauty of the Fall. Almost none is as eloquent, compelling, heartbreaking, and ultimately, uplifting.”

As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions: love, loss, creativity, community, aging, self-discovery. His novels are rich with characters and ideas, crafted by a natural storyteller, with the eye and the ear of a poet.

For Rich, writing and art making is about connection, or as he says, about making a difference to a least one other person in the world, something he has clearly achieved many times over, both as an artist, a mentor, and a teacher.

Rich lives in Massachusetts on a lake with his family and two Newfoundlands, Ani and Shaman. He is currently working on his fourth novel, The Latecomers.

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📖INTERVIEW: “Phoenix’s Journey Of Poetry Part II” by Lamecca Butler

In the poet’s own words: “A collection of Poetry! I share my life experiences through my poetry. The collection of poetry is a journey that I have been writing over the years. Love, relationships, sex, and everyday problems that go on in the average black woman’s life. My story is just put in poetry form.”


Good morning, Lamecca! I’m grateful to be speaking with you on this wonderful day. Thanks for being here. What inspired the creation of your book?

My inspiration for this book was the fact that I self-published my first poetry while homeless. I wanted to keep the momentum going.

That’s amazing. I can’t imagine the hardship you must have faced, so the fact that you pushed forward regardless is proof of your personal power and the power of poetry to guide you out of difficult times. When did your love of writing come about?

I began writing as a little girl. It was my best form of expression.

Poetry is definitely a great tool to authentically express oneself. What is the central message you’re attempting to put into the world through this collection of poems?

My message that I’m striving to convey is that I have been through more than most can fathom, so if I can do it, anyone can do it.

How empowering! I admire your can-do attitude. So, what gets your creative juices flowing when sitting down to write?

I literally base my poetry off of emotion. I write from my personal experience or the emphatic view from afar.

I have been through more than most can fathom, so if I can do it, anyone can do it.

Emotion (any emotion, really) and experience (both good and bad) are the muses of all muses. Thank you again for taking some time out of your day to have this lovely chat. 💛


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📖INTERVIEW: “Moon Chaser: Running from the Sun” by Brooke Lynn Knight

Moon Chaser: Running from the Sun is a collection of poems displaying conflicting emotions of a toxic relationship. Moreover, it is an intense story of two forces colliding in a rush of passion and pain.

Hi, Brooke! As a fellow moon chaser, I’m especially excited to be having this interview with you. First things first: What inspired this book into being?

This collection of poems was inspired by my personal experience in a toxic relationship with a sociopath.

Such darkness could definitely result in a sea’s worth of poetry. I can vouch for that, unfortunately and fortunately (?). How did your passion for poetty come about?

I have been writing for most of my life and it has always been a true passion of mine.

So, a lifelong poet. I can most certainly relate. 🙂 What are some central themes that are showcased in this collection?

The collection of poems convey the raw emotions of a toxic relationship. It is meant for an audience that can truly relate their experiences and understand that they are not alone in the struggle and confusion of relationships such as these.

I’m glad you created a book that has the potential of reminding people that they really aren’t alone in their relationship struggles and toxicity in general. What are you biggest influences in general?

I am influenced by pure, unmodified emotions and experiences.

Those type of emotions really are what poetry is all about! So, how doesn’t your writing process typically look like?

I prefer to take my time during the writing process. It is important that I feel the poetry pour out as opposed to producing when I am nor ready. It is time-consuming but well worth the wait when completed.

That is so very true! I must ask… Will you continue to produce more poetry?

Yes, I am excited to pursue my dream of becoming a well-known and admired poet and author.

It is important that I feel the poetry pour out…

Excellent! I’m happy to hear that. Don’t ever put that pen down. Do you have any remaining thoughts that you would like to get off your chest?

I thank everyone who has taken the time and taken the chance to read my first collection of poems and hope that you all will follow me on my journey as I continue to produce more raw works of art.

And I thank YOU for chatting with me about your wonderful book of poems. May inspiration consistently flow to you ceaslessly! 🌝


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