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My interview in The Literary Librarian + call for author interviews

Another new resource for authors…including poets!

Trish Hopkinson

I’m honored to be interviewed in The Literary Librarian, a new literary magazine focusing on interviews with authors. They do a custom interview for authors with recently published books of poetry or prose. My interview includes information about the publishing process and how my chapbook of poems Footnote came to be.

Click here to read the full interview

The Literary Librarian is a new site “to help other authors promote their work. I provide interviews and reviews, and help with finding author resources.” The founder and editor  Amarine Ravenwood is quick to respond and easy to work with.

I interviewed Ravenwood to learn more about The Literary Librarian and how to request an interview.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Literary Librarian.

RAVENWOOD: The Literary Librarian is a newly created site specifically designed to host author interviews and book reviews for published authors of various genres. The…

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EG in the house!!!

Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, located on the campus of McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill.

So, I’m still floating high on the energy that I soaked up last Wednesday night as I sat and listened to a most prolific author share her thoughts on surviving, as Prince once said, “this thing we call life.”

I got to share perhaps what will become a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenal event with my husband Kevin on the evening of April 12 as we journeyed to the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on the campus of McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., to take part in the last of their Distinguished Speakers series on campus for the season.

Now I have several “favorite” authors that I enjoy reading and following…but there are only two that serve as my secret mentors inside my mind as I travel through my daily world as a writer. These two women have had life roll out in many ways that are nearly parallel to that of my own.

Two authors, two females, that have rocked my world both personally and professionally. And I finally got to see one of them live and in person! I am still in awe, shock and excitement over it all.

I wish I could say it was J.K. Rowling…but I guess I’m going to have to be patient a bit longer before meeting that mentor of mine.

But I can finally report that the other amazing role model in my world of authorship is really real—and really authentic.

ELIZABETH GILBERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know—Big Magic, Eat Pray Love, The Signature of All Things, Pilgrims, Stern Men, The Last American Man. The journalist, the magazine and short story writer who became a best-selling author and not just once—yeah her!!!!!

It was incredible. The love, the synergy. The anecdotes she shared (a broken vagina?) …the wisdoms she quoted. She was real, genuine and just as you might imagine her to be. Portraying authenticity is part of what motivates her too, as Gilbert noted, “I really want to be seen smokin’ what I’m sellin’.”

SIGNED!!!!

For me, her words offered a validation that the path of my thoughts that continue to lead me toward all my future books, short stories and other published pieces was on target. I’m going to keep on doing it my way, writing not only what I know but how I know. Rules are good guidelines, but I will still break them whenever I deem it necessary.

My own Elizabeth Gilbert library collection so far…

If any of you still haven’t checked out any of her works, first I say shame on you. Then I say, get to it. Whether you’re a fellow writer or a fellow reader, I’ll use Liz’s words from that evening and encourage you to go ahead and allow yourself to “dance with the mystery of consciousness and inspiration.”

As Gilbert described her journey, she said, “It’s kinda epic and beautiful and worth it.” I say the same back to you, Liz. Oh, and by the way, to help Liz’s own project along I’ll ask, “What are you excited and passionate about today?

Until next time…peace, love, light…and words…always!

P.S. Sorry about the less-than-quality photos of Liz herself…I was so awestruck I forgot to adjust my camera settings. She kinda looks angelic, doesn’t she?

Poetry: Why Even Bother? – guest blog post by Melissa Crockett Meske

My guest post is up on Trish Hopkinson’s blog…take a look…

Trish Hopkinson

Poetry has always been a part of me. Not necessarily always in its purest sense, but verses of organized thought run through my head without pause during all my waking hours. They have done so since I can remember.

Most of the time, this poetry inside my head has transmitted itself in a more lyrical fashion. Revealing a secret here: I love to sing! And I have done so since before I knew the meaning of the words I was singing. My sisters always seemed to get more recognition for it than I did, however, so I kept that part of me mostly on the down low. Guess my secret’s out now!

A couple of years ago, for the first time in more than 30 years, I signed up for voice lessons at the local music store. I had hoped to train my voice once more to work well enough…

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