Some information about your background and how long you’ve lived in Columbus?
This is my second time living in Columbus – I was here attending OSU from 1972-77. We moved back here in 1990. My BS was in Zoology. The majority of my adult life I have been a medical technologist (~29 years). I went to Columbus State Community College in 2008-9 and got my Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Paralegal Studies while working for an attorney. In 2017, I started working as a part-time substitute teacher for 3 years before the shutdown in 2020. In the Fall of 2020, I retired (Hallelujah!)
What inspired you to begin writing poetry?
I actually wrote my first poem in second grade but my mother criticized it so I did not write poetry again until I met my husband. Then I wrote during our only breakup but once we were back together, I was living too blissfully to write poems, LOL. I got involved in the Columbus Poetry scene through my daughter. She started attending MOSAIC in her junior year of high school (Fall 2010). MOSAIC is a humanities program and they also stressed out-of-classroom learning. The first week of school, the activities offered included the Writing Wrongs Open Mic on Tuesday nights. I went with her the first night, dropped her off there for about a month of Tuesdays, and then I started going with her every Tuesday. Then I started going to the other venues and, as they say, the rest was history!
What inspires you now?
I find inspiration in almost anything: snatches of overheard conversation, songs on the radio, things I’ve seen in the course of a day. I am writing narrative, memoir poetry because I am so bad at journaling. I also play with forms and write in response to prompts.
Are you a coffee drinker? Do you have a favorite coffee or coffee shop?
Actually, I am not a coffee drinker, lol. However, my favorite coffee shop is Kafe Kerouac for several sentimental reasons. 1) It has been the home of Writers Block Poetry Night for years, and 2) Mike Heslop is the sweetest person ever!
I also like Crimson Cup.
I curate a couple of Facebook pages for the Ohio Poetry Association.
I also curate the Columbus Poetry Calendar which used to list poetry venues and events around Columbus. With the shutdown, I went to posting opportunities for online events all over. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1574162689465118