Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Larissa Shmailo : part two

How did you first engage with poetry?

When I was 36, I discovered that there were open mics in New York City where you could read your poetry almost any time of the day or night. I took up the six poems I had written to date and went and read on an open. A veteran open miker told me that I had “the forearms of a poet.” I was hooked and wrote so as to have new work to read to my new community.

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