A Note from the Author

Dear readers, 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, PoeticContinue reading “A Note from the Author”

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 do not begin or end there. She is one of my favorite role models and a source of inspiration for poets and girls everywhere. Plus, we share the same name! A Woman of Many HatsContinue reading “Spotlight: Amanda Gorman”

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 science and anecdotes, fact and opinion, that made this book so meaningful to me. Through three sections of healing, empowerment, and activism, I wove my own stories together with others’ and found solace in differentContinue reading “Yes, I Have a Favorite Chapter in My Book”

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 started posting my poetry online because, as a business student, I knew I had to build an audience for my debut poetry book before it was published, in order to maximize sales. If nobody knowsContinue reading “How Poetry Helped Me Gain Confidence”

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 the line of perfectionism (okay, oftentimes crossing very far over that line). My biggest fear is the unknown – starting as large-scale as the future and as morbid as what happens when we die. Yes,Continue reading “The Truth in Poetry: My Story”

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 Robin Reagler accomplished with a Houston-based nonprofit organization, Writers in the Schools (WITS). Because of the power of their mission and vision, it is more than necessary to highlight what they have accomplished as anContinue reading “Spotlight: Writers in the Schools (Houston)”

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 words were to be said out loud. This was a trend for many years (and still is!), but once I hit college, I began to branch out more, especially after the release of my firstContinue reading “Escaping Reality: Thoughts on Poetry & Mental Health”

My Self-Publishing Journey as a Poet

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, I didn’t even know that self-publishing existed. I lived in a world where authors had agents, where traditional publishing was borderline impossible unless you were famous or you had a brilliant, new idea, and where rejection after rejection after rejection was the norm. I don’tContinue reading “My Self-Publishing Journey as a Poet”

3 Life Lessons Learned From Publishing Two Books

One year ago, I published her favorite color was sunshine yellow, my debut poetry book. This was the day I finally fulfilled my dream of becoming an author, years in the making. One day ago, I received an email from my proofreader, letting me know that my debut nonfiction book, Poetic Potential: Sparking Change &Continue reading “3 Life Lessons Learned From Publishing Two Books”

The Story of Poetic Potential

The one piece of writing advice that I have heard repeated over and over again is simple. “Write what you know.” It was usually a dismissive thought because, of course, it’s easy to write about topics you are familiar with. But I never realized how important that simple writing could be until Poetic Potential cameContinue reading “The Story of Poetic Potential”