Three by Five Presents Laurie Kolp Part IV Bonus

Welcome back to Three by Five’s conversation with Poet Laurie Kolp. March closes out with some bonus questions about the writing community and a little randomness.

 

VAH: What choices have you made regards to traditional or independent publishing?

LK: Up to this point I have chosen traditional publishing (my first poetry book, Upon the Blue Couch, was published by Winter Goose Publishing). I am a perfectionist and I worry that I’ll mess something up if I try to do it myself.

VAH: What part does social media play in your writing career?

LK: I think it’s very important in getting your name out there and building an online presence is crucial in this day and age.

VAH: Do you belong to writing or author organizations and what benefit have you found in doing so?

LK:  Yes. I’m President of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and am actively involved in the Poetry Society of Texas. I think it’s important for support, critique and fellowship.

VAH: Do you have any favorite online sites or blogs that you find useful or interesting? I love Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides, The Found Poetry Review blog, and Diane Lockward’s monthly newsletters.

 

VAH: Let’s have a little fun. If you had a super power, what would it be and why?

LK: I wish I had the power to spread love throughout the world because then we could all live in peace.

VAH: What is a little known fact about you that will amaze and/or amuse?

LK: One time in junior high I was on my way to a slumber party. My parents stopped at a 7-11 so I could run in and buy candy while they waited for me in the car. When I came out of the store, they watched me get into the wrong car. I must have been in la-la land!

VAH: Three random, non-writing facts about you?

LK: I received a nursing scholarship to the nursing program at the college in my hometown, but wanted so badly to attend Texas A&M University, which didn’t have nursing at the time, that I ditched it after a year and transferred. That first year at A&M, I thought I should choose a degree that would make a lot of money (as if degrees were menu items) so declared business only to nearly fail Economics and Accounting. So I went into teaching. I did this because my sister was a teacher. My mom and grandmother were piano teachers. I knew it wasn’t what I was meant to do though. It wasn’t until I began writing seriously in 2006 that I knew my purpose.

VAH: Favorite quote and why?

LK:  I am nobody, who are you? Emily Dickinson… I just love this quote because I can relate to it on many levels.

 

Thank you Laurie Kolp for participating with Three by Five, the author (and other interesting people) interview series. New interviews publish on days that end in 3 (and sometimes that start with three!)

Enjoy a sampling of her work:

Poems published at Verse Virtual.

What Sunday School Taught Him at Deep Water Literary Journal

Mother, In the Raw at Amarillo Bay

Whirls of Brokenness at Black Heart Magazine

Time Warp at City Lit Rag .

Forbidden Fruit at the Blue Fifth Review.

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Twitter
Facebook

Upon the Blue Couch is a compelling collection of diverse poems certain to intrigue the reader with its courageous look into one woman’s turbulent journey through adulthood. With a comfortable blue couch as the common thread throughout the years, we are shown all the highs and lows of life while some things remain a constant source of peace. This blue couch, if only it could talk, may just reveal the secrets to happiness based on the experiences it has unwittingly been a part of.FINAL BlueCouch_FlatForeBooks[1]

 

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Three by Five Welcomes Poet Rebecca Foust in April

Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry.  Molly Peacock calls it “jagged” and “fresh” and Thomas Lux says “There is great music in these poems, and sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not sibeck 2nce Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona.”

Foust’s poems are widely published and appear in current or next issues of the Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, North American Review, Southern Indiana Review, and other journals. Her book reviews and essays have published in American Book Review, Calyx, Chautauqua, Prairie Schooner, and Rumpus, and her essay, “Venn Diagram” won the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award and appears in the current issue of Malahat Review.

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Three by Five Presents Laurie Kolp Part III

Part III with Laurie Kolp

VAH: Is writing vocation, occupation, or profession?

LK: Hmm… I seem to think it’s a little of all three. It takes dedication, time and determination to get through all the hills and valleys.

VAH: Like the valley of writers block? When the page is blank what gets you writing?

LK: I’ll write a found poem, or use word lists to get me started. I once painted a picture when I was in a drought and it did wonders with my creativity. Sometimes I must fool my muse.

 VAH: The imagery of drought for when the writing isn’t flowing is rich. How do you approach a working on a new piece of writing – what’s your process?

LK: I’ll write the rough draft and begin working on a second the same day. The next few days I work on it until I think it might be ready (because no poem of mine ever seems finished). Then I don’t look at it for a week, maybe two or three. That’s when the real editing begins.

 VAH: I’ve noticed that the more experienced writers that take part in Three by Five all comment on the importance of revision, often similar to as you have. The real work starts after the initial drafts.

What does your typical writing day include?

 LK: My schedule varies. I write best in the morning, so I’ll sit at my computer for several hours. Then I take a break… go to the gym, run errands, etc. After lunch I’m back at it until it’s time to go get the kids from school. I’ll start back up in the evening. Of course, within those times, I’ll check Facebook, Twitter, etc. I’ll read poems and research venues for publication.

 VAH: You’ve been at this a while. So what words of wisdom do you have for the emerging writer?

LK: Find a critique group for support. Don’t get discouraged by rejections because we all get them. Keep on keeping on and your hard work will eventually pay off.

 

There you have it! More with Poet Laurie Kolp at the end of the month when we have some bonus questions.

Enjoy a sampling of her work:

Poems published at Verse Virtual.

What Sunday School Taught Him at Deep Water Literary Journal

Mother, In the Raw at Amarillo Bay

Whirls of Brokenness at Black Heart Magazine

Time Warp at City Lit Rag .

Forbidden Fruit at the Blue Fifth Review.

Social media –
Website
Twitter
Facebook

Upon the Blue Couch is a compelling collection of diverse poems certain to intrigue the reader with its courageous look into one woman’s turbulent journey through adulthood. With a comfortable blue couch as the common thread throughout the years, we are shown all the highs and lows of life while some things remain a constant source of peace. This blue couch, if only it could talk, may just reveal the secrets to happiness based on the experiences it has unwittingly been a part of.FINAL BlueCouch_FlatForeBooks[1]

 

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Three by Five Presents Laurie Kolp Part II

 Back for with Laurie Kolp with the second installment of this month’s Three by Five, which focuses on what the writer reads.

L. Kolp on Blue Couch

VAH: Laurie, do you have a favorite literary character?

LK: Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

VAH: What would you say is the most memorable book you’ve read?

LK:  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It touched me on many levels and has a universal message that should never be forgotten. Things aren’t ever as they seem.

VAH: That is so true.

VAH: And a favorite author?

LK: Roald Dahl

VAH: Ooooo, Dahl is one of my all-time favorites also!

LK: I fell in love with him when I taught second grade. I love his imagination and quirky characters.

VAH: Dahl is a great author for kids. My mom read him to us every year. But he has some dark stuff for adults too.

Do you have another favorite book, poem, or story?

LK: Praise Song for Today, Praise Song for Struggle by Elizabeth Alexander.

VAH: That was read at President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.

LK: I love this poem because I think the mightiest word should be love, too.

For more with Laurie Kolp, return on days that end in three during the month of March.

Enjoy a sampling of her work:

Mother, In the Raw at Amarillo Bay

Whirls of Brokenness at Black Heart Magazine

Time Warp at City Lit Rag .

Forbidden Fruit at the Blue Fifth Review.

Social media –
Website
Twitter
Facebook

Upon the Blue Couch is a compelling collection of diverse poems certain to intrigue the reader with its courageous look into one woman’s turbulent journey through adulthood. With a comfortable blue couch as the common thread throughout the years, we are shown all the highs and lows of life while some things remain a constant source of peace. This blue couch, if only it could talk, may just reveal the secrets to happiness based on the experiences it has unwittingly been a part of.FINAL BlueCouch_FlatForeBooks[1]

 

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After SFWC – Kristen Falso Capaldi

Last month, Kristen Falso Capaldi, the recipient of the Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Prize 2015, spent a weekend in San Francisco at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Read about her adventure at the conference. On her blog, she writers:

“Many writers will attest to this: It’s hard to say “I’m a writer” without feeling like some kind of fraud. It’s so much easier to say I’m a teacher, a baker, candle-stick maker (well, maybe not the last one). And while none of us should be in it for the rewards, rewards certainly don’t hurt.

So when I received the exciting news that I won the Victoria Hudson Emerging Writer Prize, I was just a bit more than ecstatic. Winning this scholarship to attend the 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference meant a great deal to me. “Yippee!” I shouted to no one in particular. “I am a writer-albeit in a mostly unpaid-wallpapering-my-house-with-rejections kind of way- but I’m a writer.” After four days jam-packed with eye-opening and inspiring sessions, where I met cool, interesting people who are toiling away at a plethora of amazing projects, I declare that nobody should be afraid to admit to being a writer. In fact, get a t-shirt or a tattoo. Get both.”

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Three by Five Presents Laurie Kolp Part I

DSC04737VAH: Welcome Laurie Kolp! Glad to have you participating with Three by Five. The first question and what I think in many ways is one of the most interesting is why do you write?

LK: I write because it’s like breathing to me. It’s not only like breathing, it’s talking. I’ve always been quiet and never felt comfortable voicing my thoughts/feelings when growing up. Writing enabled me to do that and still does. It’s a cleansing process for me; letting out all that’s floating around in my head gives me a sense of freedom. I always feel better after getting things down on paper. Don’t we all share a need to express ourselves in one way or the other? For me, it’s poetry.

VAH: The fabric of your being. Let’s discuss why did you became a writer?

LK: I started writing before the age of 10 as a way to escape and express my thoughts… also, to appease my overactive imagination. I don’t think I felt like an “official” writer until I was published. The first place I ever shared my poetry online was at Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides. There I met some wonderful poet friends and thirteen of us formed a group we called the Baker’s Dozen where we wrote daily to prompts and encouraged one another.

VAH: I’ve had a similar internal conversation – I’m not writing, am I still a writer? Haven’t published in a while, am I still a writer? That sentiment seems to be part of the development process. Any influences on your development as a writer?

LK: There have many along the way, but two very special ladies- Diane and Mary- are the ones who really pushed me to write my story and supported me the whole way through.

VAH: So – your first written creation – what was it?

LK: When I was a kid, I kept a journal chapter book. It was about two best friends who lived in a beach town and all their little adventures.

VAH: That might be an interesting read. Reminds me of my own first story about a gigantic chicken wanting to take over the world. What is the favorite piece you’ve written to date?

LK: The Tryst, which published in the 2015 Poet’s Market.

VAH: I so enjoyed reading that!

 

For more with Laurie Kolp, return on days that end in three during the month of March.

Enjoy a sampling of her work:

Time Warp at City Lit Rag .

Forbidden Fruit at the Blue Fifth Review.

Social media –
Website
Twitter
Facebook

Upon the Blue Couch is a compelling collection of diverse poems certain to intrigue the reader with its courageous look into one woman’s turbulent journey through adulthood. With a comfortable blue couch as the common thread throughout the years, we are shown all the highs and lows of life while some things remain a constant source of peace. This blue couch, if only it could talk, may just reveal the secrets to happiness based on the experiences it has unwittingly been a part of.FINAL BlueCouch_FlatForeBooks[1]

 

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Three by Five Presents Poetry and Prose Writer Laurie Kolp In March

Laurie KolpLaurie Kolp serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and gathers monthly with local members of the Poetry Society of Texas. She is a happily married mother of three children who actively participates in their education. Laurie’s award-winning poetry has appeared in more than three dozen print and online journals, anthologies and magazines worldwide. Her most recent publications include the Concho River Review, 2015 Poet’s Market, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain and Diane Lockward’s The Crafty Poet. Laurie loves collaborating with artists and her poem, The Sheets, has appeared with Debra Balchen’s artwork at Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts. Laurie’s first full-length poetry collection Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014) is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about Laurie at her website.

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Upon the Blue Couch is a compelling collection of diverse poems certain to intrigue the reader with its courageous look into one woman’s turbulent journey through adulthood. With a comfortable blue couch as the common thread throughout the years, we are shown all the highs and lows of life while some things remain a constant source of peace. This blue couch, if only it could talk, may just reveal the secrets to happiness based on the experiences it has unwittingly been a part of.FINAL BlueCouch_FlatForeBooks[1]

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Kristen Falso-Capaldi – Three by Five Interview Part III

Welcome to the final installment of an interview with Kristen Falso-Capaldi.

VAH: What does it mean to you to have been selected as the Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Prize winner this year?

KFC: I am beyond excited to be the recipient of this year’s Emerging Writer Prize.  It means so much to me to be recognized for my writing ability and to be able to attend one of the best writer’s conferences in the country.

VAH: Any goals for the conference?

KFC: I’d love to find an agent for my novel, but I’ll feel fulfilled with advice and critique on my pitch and the first page of my manuscript.

VAH: Kristen it was great meeting you at the conference. I hope it the experience was all you hoped for and you have good luck with the agents you spoke with.

Let’d get back to writing. When the page is blank what gets you writing?

KFC: Sometimes there is nothing scarier than a blank page; that said, I just write.  It’s like jumping into the ocean when I first get to the beach. If I think about it too much, I’ll never get to ride the waves.  I just jump in and write without worrying too much about where the story is going.  I know from past experience that I will end up with a messy first draft that I can then edit into something I’m not embarrassed to show to someone else.

VAH: What is your “process” when working on a new piece of writing?

KFC: I often just think of a first line and start writing.  I very rarely outline, though I sometimes make notes about where the story is going if I get a brainstorm and have to stop for the day.  I try not to abandon stories, though I might work on two pieces at once (usually different genres, like a screenplay and a short story).  If I hit a spot of writer’s block, I try to write through it or jump to another piece I’m working on.

VAH: Do you have a submission system or plan?

KFC: I try to send as much of my work into the universe as I can.  I send my stories to literary journals and contests, and I’m currently pitching my novel to agents.  One of my students told me recently that she doesn’t enter contests because it makes her sad when she doesn’t win. Sure, you can’t fail if you don’t try, but you can’t succeed either.

VAH: What does your typical writing day include?

KFC: I get up every morning at 5:00 a.m., feed my cat, Scout, and feed myself, then I sit down and write for about 45 minutes before I have to get ready for work.  I often don’t get time to write again till the following morning, so I try not to fret too much about what I’m writing – I just get the words out. It may not seem like a lot of time, but in a year and a half, I’ve written a generous handful of flash fiction, two screenplays, seven short stories, a final draft of a novel and a first draft of a new novel.

VAH: What words of wisdom do you have for the emerging writer?

KFC: Make writing a priority.  This is something I didn’t do for many years, and it’s no surprise I got very little accomplished.  Once it became important to me, I saw a huge change in both my craft and my confidence.  Another piece of advice I’d give is to experiment with various genres.  This is something I tell my high school creative writing students.  For example, poetry and flash fiction teach us to be powerful in a small amount of words, script writing helps us focus on dialogue and visualize movement, and memoirs are great for helping us find pearls of truth buried in the subconscious.

VAH: Thanks Kristen for taking time out of your busy schedule for Three by Five.

Find Kristen on:

Kristen’s web site.

Twitter.

“ You always stop writing eventually,” my inner voice said. “Wouldn’t you rather make cheese…I’m going to make some coffee now. It’s very early, and I’ve got lots to say before I leave for work.”

Kristen Falso-Capaldi is a writer, musician and public high school teacher. The latter position has led her to believe she could run a small country if given the opportunity. She is the singer and lyricist for a folk/acoustic duo Kristen & J, she has finished a novel and has co-written a screenplay, Teachers: The Movie, which was an official selection for the 2014 Houston Comedy Film Festival. Kristen’s short story, “Of Man and Mouse” was published in the December 2013 issue of Underground Voices magazine, and several of her micro-fiction pieces have received accolades in various contests. Kristen lives in a small town in northern Rhode Island with her husband and cat.

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Readers – What Would You Add?

In 2011, No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique was published just in time for that year’s San Francisco Writers Conference. Now I’m looking at completing a revised 3rd edition. I’m interested in what readers of No Red Pen think was missing in the original book or what could use a little more depth of discussion. Now’s your chance to let me know by using the feedback form below. NO RED PEN

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