I am eternally grateful for all of the support you have shown me over the last year and a half. First, it was my poetry Instagram and debut collection of love poems, Her Favorite Color Was Sunshine Yellow. Then it was my passion project – my nonfiction debut through New Degree Press, Poetic Potential. Over the last twelve weeks or so, you have joined me on this journey of recapping and elaborating on themes, stories, organizations, and people through blog posts. Look at how far we have progressed in that time:
Where Did Poetic Potential Go?
Maybe you’ve been looking for it in my Etsy shop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local indie shop. You’re…
Spotlight: Amanda Gorman
Inaugural poet. National Youth Poet Laureate. Harvard graduate. It is an impressive list for a 24-year-old, but Amanda Gorman’s accolades…
Breaking Stigmas with Poetry
While not all of us want to admit it to the world, we as humans struggle with things every day.…
Teaching Kids to Embrace Poetry
I do not likegreen eggs and ham.I do not like them,Sam-I-am. Recognize this rhyme? You can find it in Dr.…
Yes, I Have a Favorite Chapter in My Book
Poetic Potential was one of the biggest passion projects I have ever undertaken. There was something about the mix of…
How Poetry Helped Me Gain Confidence
Like I said in my most recent blog post, it’s important to be honest, so I will be: I originally…
The Truth in Poetry: My Story
To describe myself in a nutshell, I am your classic Type-A overthinker. I like things to be just-so, bordering on…
Spotlight: Writers in the Schools (Houston)
In chapter 5 of Poetic Potential: Sparking Change & Empowerment Through Poetry, I touch briefly upon the work that poet…
Escaping Reality: Thoughts on Poetry & Mental Health
I first started writing poetry to express my emotions about a relationship, my tongue tying in knots every time those…
Healing Powers of Poetry
When I was younger, teachers and parents used to emphasize the power of words. “If you don’t have something nice…
Spotlight: Poetry Out Loud
In tandem with the Instagram spotlight series, I wanted to take the time to introduce a few other notable organizations…
Poetry’s Unexpected Savior: Social Media
Books and social media – the two seem antithetical, an unlikely pairing. Whereas I spent my entire childhood devouring books…
The Launch Series is Over – Now What?
The blog post series may be over, but we are still in the beginning stages of the Poetic Potential virtual book tour! Here’s where we are going next:
- March 19 (Saturday!): Book chat on Instagram Live with Stefanie Briar (@stefanie.briar.poetry)
Remember to sign up for the Zoom event with Poetic Justice executive director, Ellen Stackable on April 28 – free entry, but donations are appreciated and will be donated directly to Poetic Justice!
Besides the virtual book tour, I have more things up my sleeve – some future collaborations, workshops, and (of course!) more blog posts. My goal is to still be consistent with my blogs, but they will be more spread out – most likely, every other week or once a month, depending on how many ideas I have. I have also been diving into the world of traditional poetry publishing through literary journals – my first publication is coming out with Paddler Press in April!
How to Support Indie Authors
Even if a book launch isn’t happening, you can still find your way to support indie authors like myself! Most ways are free (or cheap!) and each show of support makes me smile every time I see it.
- Share Instagram posts with friends and family
- Lend a copy of your book to people who you think it will resonate with
- Leave reviews on Amazon or Goodreads
- Shop on Etsy for personalized touches
- Send messages and thoughts directly to the author
If you haven’t bought copies of my books and these blog posts have done enough to inspire you to do so…thank you!
Thank you again for all of your love and support – it means the world.