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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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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 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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