Poem performed by Val Cole
Get to know the poet:
What is the theme of your poem?
The theme of my poem is family memories, based on my life as a young child visiting my grandparents.
How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?
I want people to recall warm wonderful memories in their childhood as they mentally are transported to my grandparents porch, hearing the crackle of the old transistor radio ( and incidentally Grandpa’s Cleveland Indians were in the World Series) to imaging pulling and tasting the sweet Concord grapes and mulberries.
How long have you been writing poetry?
I have been waiting poetry for around 5years while taking a creative writing workshop in college
Do you have a favorite poet?
I have many that I admire: Emily Dickinson, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Rita Dove, but maya Angelo tops my list.
What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
My friend and editor Jen ran across your contest and encouraged me to enter. I value her judgement so I agreed to submit it.
Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
I have written a food memoir ( nonfiction)and a few short stories which are fiction.
What is your passion in life?
To write, travel, and learn as much as I can about other places and people. To spread smiles through my words and cooking.To always be a compassionate advocate for the underhand and underserved.