How did you first engage with poetry?
I wrote my first “book” of poetry for a fifth grade assignment – it was called “The Poetic Plump Pig,” and had tons of cheesy poems that all rhymed and were about animals and food. I drew pictures for each poem, too. Then my beloved sixth grade teacher had our class throw a “poetry cafe,” where we had to dress up like hippies/poets (ha!) and read a poem of our choice. I dressed in all black and lit a candle for an extremely overdramatic reading of “The Raven.” I actually didn’t really engage with poetry much after that for awhile – I got more interested in prose, and eventually, screenwriting. I’m happy to have returned to poetry, though!