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