Interviews are my way of helping the poetry community to reach a larger audience. This week I talked to Fida Islaih, who is an editor for female closet poets. She encourages poets to share their journey through poetry, so that no one feels alone. Islaih blogs over at fidaislaih.blogspot.com.
I: Why did you start writing poetry? What do you try to communicate through your work?
F: I started writing because I saw how I could share my story. It was hard for me to speak up, so this was how I could express myself. It helps me process my emotions and experiences. Through my writing I try to share my culture and faith.
I: What themes do you find emerge from your work? What defines you as a writer?
F: The themes I find in my writing are culture, faith, nature and self love. The observations and thought process I have define me as a writer.
I: I think what a lot of self published writers and poets struggle with is finding their individual market. How have you gone about producing your own 'brand' and indie author marketing strategies?
F: As I started sharing my writing I saw the consistent themes showing up along with my personality. I am soft and positive. I started making a conscious effort to have an encouraging space.
I: What are you most proud of as a writer?
F: I’m proud of the books I’ve published and of how I’m helping other writers.
I: What one piece of advice would you give to aspiring poets?
F: My advice to poets is to keep reading poetry. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles. Be patient with yourself, your unique voice will show up.
I: Tell me a bit about something you're working on at at the moment.
F: I’m currently working on self publishing my writing prompts. The book is already up for pre-order. It will be published in the beginning of November. This prompt book is divided into three parts. The first is of loving your body, mind and taking care of it. The second part is about appreciating culture. The last part is about being honest with yourself and the activism we do. Each prompt has a set of questions along with sentence starters and poetry formats. [https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/750249]
Fida Islaih Twitter/IG: @poetfida Blog: fidaislaih.blogspot.com