Who or What inspired you to become a writer?

Writing was something that just came naturally to me at an early age. I remember writing poetry as early as the 4th grade. I remember telling my 7th grade English teacher that I wanted to be an Author. I continued writing throughout high school. Then in college, I took my first creative writing course.

Also, I think back on the literary influences that made their way into my childhood and I’m grateful to have had Hispanic females to read.
In school I was introduced to Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street. I also found myself at a book reading of Michele Serros and actually recently found my signed copy of Chicana Falsa and Other Stories of Death. I must’ve been around 11 years old when I purchased it.

 

Where did the title of your book come from?

The title “Loose Lips” was a term, thought up in my head, to reflect something like Word Vomit or poetry written without shame.
Some read my poetry and think of it as borderline erotic. I thought the title was fitting.

 

What is your favorite book?

Nancy Morejón’s “Black Woman and Other Poems” is one of my favorite that I own. I got to meet and have dinner with Nancy Morejón at a poetry festival held in Havana, Cuba in 2017. Thanks to Odilia Galván Rodríguez of Prickly Pear Publishing for allowing me to join the U.S. delegation of poets that year.

 

Any advice to emerging writers? 

Community. Resources. Mentors. Networking.
Hit an open mic. Hit a reading. You will meet other writers and opportunities will come from that or inspiration, at the least.

 

What do you find difficult to write about?

For a long time, I really disliked romantic poetry. Recently, it’s all I can write about. I’ve become so fascinated with the different styles of loving and how each person expresses this differently. So anyway, now I’m stuck. I’d really like to start writing more about what’s going on with our world and the political and I do have some pieces that I’ve written but not enough. I think as poets and artists and humans, it’s our job.

 

How does it feel to see your work published? 

It’s great. It’s even greater, though, seeing all of the support around it.

 

What’s next?

Hmm, another poetry book. I’ve also been working on a collection of short fiction.

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BRIANA MUNOZ is a writer from San Diego, CA. now living in Los Angeles, CA. Her poetry and short stories have been published in four editions of the Bravura Literary Journal. In the 2016 publication of the Bravura, she was awarded the second-place fiction prize. She has been published in LA BLOGA, an online publication, the Poets Responding page and in the Oakland Arts Review. Her poem “Rebirth” was featured in the Reproductive Health edition of the St. Sucia zine, a publication dedicated to “Exposing What It Is To Be A Mujer”. Briana’s work was one of ten chosen for “The Best of LABLOGA” from 2015. One of her prouder writing accomplishments is being able to have been part of the 2017 U.S. delegation attending the international poetry festival of Havana. In March of 2018, she presented her poetry at the 21st international Spanish literature and studies conference in Quito, Ecuador. Briana is excited to continue sharing her poetry in print and spoken form. When she isn't typing away, she enjoys traveling, live music, cats, and thrift stores.

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