Maggie Stringham is a poet and blogger; here is a link to her website:
Q: What inspired you to start writing poetry?
A: I was young. I had a very bad homelife and I was depressed. I found Emily Dickinson and found that I could relate to what she was saying. Later on, I found Nirvana. Nirvana’s lyrics kind of made me realize that I didn’t have to write any particular way. I could write the way I wanted and still say something. Ever since then, I haven’t stopped writing.
Q: What are some of the ideas and themes you like to write about?
A: I write about addiction, mental health problems, grieving. I write about topics that people feel, but have trouble putting into words. I write about experiences I have that I couldn’t express in another way. Writing actually helps me clarify exactly what it is I am feeling.
Q: Who are some of your influences?
A: Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Frederick Seidel, Henrik Ibsen. I am inspired by so many writers whether it is poetry, plays, song lyrics, etc.
Q: Why do you think addiction is such a popular theme in poetry?
A: I think because explaining what an addiction does to you is hard to describe in simple terms. Its so complex that we need a complex description. To describe addiction, you need to describe what it feels like, not what it is.
Q: What kind of day job (or income source) do you have and how does it influence your writing?
A: I work as an assistant operations analyst for a bullet mfg company. I also write SEO content for some other companies.
Q: What kind of educational background do you have?
A: I have some University credits but I have not yet received a degree. I’m still working on that.
Q: What are some of the things you have done to promote your blog?
A: Not a lot. I use Facebook and Twitter. I network with other bloggers and on fb pages, stuff like that. I like doing interviews or features for blogs and other sites.
Q: What is the ABC Award and how does one get nominated?
A: The ABC Award is the Awesome Blog Content Award. A nominee nominates another blogger and so on and so forth. The idea of the blog is for bloggers to help each other drive traffic and learn more about each other in the process.
Q: What is your weirdest Vegas story?
A: Hahahaha….Oh my gosh I don’t think I should share this. Let’s just say that if I become a more popular writer one day, then I will share some of these secrets in a book.
Q: What trends in poetry annoy you?
A: OH my gosh I could go on and on…writing that mentions other poets (total cliché), writing talking about sitting on a window sill smoking a cigarette….we get it already….people can tell when writers are writing feelings or writing words….some writers just like the idea of being a “depressed poet”…..that’s not what poetry is. Being a poet itself is a trend….it’s a trend that takes away the experience of actually writing poetry. It saddens me more than annoys me.
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