Interview with Poet Stephon Void (BOOTS)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The poem is about systemic racism in the United States.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

People need to understand that people of color want to be successful but there hundreds of years of laws and policies that are in place that prohibits them from be successful. That’s what motivated me to write this. We want to pull ourselves by our own boot straps but we need the resources to have our own boots.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing for about three years.
4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

President Obama.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I just wanted to draw more attention to my blog and share my thoughts with the world.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I write poems and devotional son my blog “Stephon’s Thoughts@ at http://www.stephoncvoid.com

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion for life is helping others and sharing the love of God throughout my daily living.

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Interview with Poet K. Exum (ASPIRATION)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

To beat the odds and expose the corruption displayed through our daily lives.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I wanted to use my voice to speak on a serious topic about police.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

3 years

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Martin Luther King Jr.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I just wanted to give it a try. Just to explore really.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes I write stories, speeches, and quotes. All are displayed on my blog, http://www.piecesofkblog.com

7) What is your passion in life?

Writing is my passion.

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Interview with Poet Clay Witkofsky (SIMPLE TRUTH)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

Simplify

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

Unknown

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

This is the only thing I’ve ever wrote

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

family

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

For fun

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

no


7) What is your passion in life?

Mostly everything

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Interview with Poet Michael Villalobos (WINE AND DINE AT 9)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

About how a lady should be admired an treated on a date immensely !!!!

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

It’s what i do 24/7 !

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

10 years plus

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a Professional actor?

“Poet-ing” for a way in this industry as a ghost writer/rhymer !!!!!!
6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
yes I do as in ” I write as in rhyme every night with a ice cold bud light an even more precise when the full moon is bright !!!!!!!!

7) What is your passion in life?

to continue in life as a inventor / poet ghost rhymer Etc Ect Ect..!!!!! In

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Interview with Poet Kelly Loraine Stearns (RAPTURE OF THE MIND)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of this poem is reflection. Your life resembles a mirror, in the sense that every experience refracts displays and understand the choices and experiences that we chose to endure. To be able to apply these decisions to our life in the current but most importantly,

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I would have to say time. The moments we endure within this life are expressions of our true self. Through this ‘time’ that we live we display every conscious movement/feeling through our experience. We express our emotions throughout this wave of time, moments that ultimately shape and mold the life we feel. Our choices shape the world we create, ultimately initiating what we endure today. Every action that we choose is a reaction from a decsicion we have already made It is within time that I have expanded, progressed within this life that we all travel through experiencing moments that are leaving behind many pieces of my journey. reflecting on certain portions of this ‘timeline’ brings about many thoughts, some bring moments of happiness while others bring

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing since elementary school but I have been dedicated to writing poetry for the last 3 years.

4) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

My best friend did, actually. I have always wanted to hear/see my words put to life, it puts a completely different perspective on a poem when you can visually see your words expressed by someone other than yourself. I had submitted a poem to festivalforpoetry.com

5) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes, I write in many forms! One thing i love about writing is how vast and versatile the spectrum is. There are so many categories of writing to dive into. I see the human language as a sea of endless possibilities, ideas anticipating that one hook to capture a particular idea, reeling and bringing emotion to life. Writing is kind of like a fish bowl of possibilites, there are so many

6) What is your passion in life?

Bringing happiness to others. To me, there is no greater feeling than feeling another persons joy. To not only see

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Interview with Poet Charbel Tadros (LUCIFER’S GRIEF)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of Lucifer’s Grief is the final biblical quarrel between God and Lucifer.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

My motivation for writing it is, I believe, the same as anyone’s motive to write anything. I found it inside me and I had to let it out.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing poetry for more than ten years now.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

The list is practically endless, but the only person I can think of now is Neale Donald Walsch, the author of Conversations with God…for obvious reasons related to this poem.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I joined a previous competition and liked your work, so I thought why not.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes. I have published seven books already ranging from self-help to fantasy to children’s literature. This poem is featured in my collection entitled “When the Spirit Speaks”.

7) What is your passion in life?

I have many passions in life, but my most cherished and sought after is my kids. I do anything for their wellbeing, success and happiness.

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Interview with Poet Nadia Bruce-Rawlings (FARA FARA FAIR AS LIGHT)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

This poem is about a friend of mine, an AA sponsee, who shot herself in the head….and not wanting to think about it.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

I had to write this poem in order to heal. I was so traumatized by her suicide. I had to get the pain out on paper.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing poetry and short stories since I was a kid, on and off. Writing has always been a catharsis for me. Words just come to me, sometimes, and I need to get them out. I don’t write every day though; I wish I could.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I would have dinner with Patti Smith. She is just such an amazing writer and poet and singer and performer. When I first saw her, on tv, when I was about 13, it changed my life. I didn’t know that people could be like that….I had only heard crap like Journey etc at that point, and then I saw her performing Dancing Barefoot in concert that was broadcast on TV in Europe where I was living at the time. It literally changed my outlook on life.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I was curious as to how an actor would perform my poem. My work is very emotional usually, and I wanted to see how someone else would perform it.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I write short stories and poetry. I have a book published by Punk Hostage Press, called Scars, which is a collection of poetry and short stories. It is available on Amazon. I’ve also co-written a song with a colleague.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion now is to be of service to others. I have twenty years sober, after living a pretty dark several years as an alcoholic and crack-addict. I love to help other women find their way back to life. It brings me such joy to see someone find a better way. Also I love dogs. 🙂

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Performed by Danielle Nicole