Karmel (2013)

Age. 36

Location. Diboll, TX

Motivation. family Goals. To touch the world and get paid to do it Inspiration. life Contact info. karmel- poet@yahoo.com .

What is it about your partner that inspires you as you feed off each other’s skills?

His diversity and skill.

How do you handle conflict with each other?

Haven’t had any.

What advice do you think the other person is known for giving?

“ Do you.” He always encourages others to find their voice, and use it.

What are the perks of working with another poet as a team?

Never running out of ideas, always having someone to support and motivate you, and learning/trying new styles.

Give 5 qualities that you see that are inspiring about your partner that they might not realize about themselves.

1. Mental strength. 2. Ability to easily keep poetic and personal business separate. 3. Ability to find the bright/humorous side to almost every situation. 4. Ability to get “in character” quickly. 5. Encouraging words/ways.

Would you work with each other for another book & why?

Yes, because we work well together.

How do you see your poetry impacting your life in the next 5 years?

Seeing how many doors poetry has opened for me in the past 2 years, I can only see that improving over the next 5

what about poetry caught your attention to where it made you want to start write it?

I’ve been writing poetry since middle school. I enjoy t he different rhythms and being able to paint pictures with words.

How would you describe your style of work?

I don’t have one specific style that I use. If I had to give it a title, I would simply call it Rhythmic Rambling

What made you decide to partner up with someone & did it make a difference because that person was a man in- stead of a woman?

My first collab came about due to a challenge issued in a poetry group on FB. No, it didn’t make a difference.

How do you think being a woman has helped or hurt your efforts in the poetry field?

Being a woman gives me a certain insight that shines through in my work; that can only help.

What is something people will be surprised to know about you & your partner with your up & coming book?

The majority of our pieces were written via inbox before we ever met face to face.

What writers inspire you to write & why?

I can’t really say that certain writers inspire me as I don’t get to read for pleasure that much.

What advice would you give to a classroom full of kids learning about poetry for the first time?

Have fun and let the words flow

Do you think making poetry mainstream takes away from the craft? Why?

No. Poetry should never be put in a box and to say that you’ re “making poetry mainstream” is to imply that it wasn’t before.

If you could go on a cross country tour showcasing your work to people where would you go & why?

Every state in the union, because everybody can use a little poetry in their lives.

What motivates you to write?

Everything

What’s one question you wish people would ask you & one you wished they stop asking?

There’s no question I wished they’d ask, but I wish they’d stop asking me whether or not my collab partner and I collab off the page as well or as much as we do on.

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