Writing started with a small diary that had an illustration of Hermione Granger (one of my favorite literary heroines) on the front cover. I've been writing creatively and reflectively for as long as I've been capable of stringing letters together. I journal nearly every day, write the occasional poem or sketch on the subway, and observe the every day narrative of my life and the people around me.
Poetry first seemed to me to be an easy access into my creativity. At first I thought I would be novelist, but I found myself long-winded and nearly boring. Poetry is intriguing in that it can say a lot while using very few words, and it can leave the reader with far more than they first sought.
Short stories and poetic fiction are appealing to me because narrative voice is a powerful and malleable tool for a writer. Setting the tone and style is half the journey of story telling.
LEARNIN' THE BLUES
Learnin' the Blues is a cabaret show that I performed at The Metropolitan Room in January 2016. Inspired by my love of blues and jazz music, as well as my tendency to feel so blue for so many reasons, the show outlines my various experiences with that melancholy feeling using poetry, storytelling and music.