Rachel Short will be reading at The Bards Town (1801 Bardstown Rd.) during the Stone Soup poetry series this Sunday (8/26).
Ms. Short, poet, composer, musician, and mother, took time from her busy life to tell us a bit about her work.
KLL: How long have you been writing and how did you get started?
RS: I started writing “poetry” my freshman year of high school. The angst of being a teenager got my pen moving, but hanging out in coffee shops and getting positive feedback fueled the fire. I took my first poetry writing class at a community college and was an editor for their annual review.
KLL: You’ve been involved with promoting other writer’s and events, tell us a little about that.
RS:We have a pretty amazing collection of artists in this city. Varied and real. I think we all need to promote each other, as you are doing. It’s the only way to keep the soul of the city alive and a great way to continue to be inspired.
(Ms. Short has been organizing the Nulu open mic for over two years, though the monthly event is currently on hiatus)
KLL: Has your college career at IUS encouraged or otherwise influenced your writing?
RS: I have only taken one writing class at IUS and it was absolutely encouraging. Professor [Micheal] Jackman has a genuine interest in his students writing improvement and bases his teaching on influential essays and poets.
KLL: You’re a composer and musician (most recently performing with “huH RoBots”), does this influence your writing?
RS: I don’t believe so. I enjoy composing music for other poets, but I tend to keep my poetry separate. My poetry writing has decreased in volume dramatically because I spend so much time with music; even though they go hand in hand, it’s difficult to divide the time. Performing with huH Robots, however, has improved my musicianship; not to mention [its] a lot of fun.
KLL: Fill us in on your life, to whatever extent you’re comfortable, so we can understand more about where your writing originates.
RS: I’m still trying to figure that out, and I think that is what writing is about, discovery.
KLL: What should we expect on Sunday (at The Bards Town during ‘Stone Soup poetry series’)?
RS: I’m dusting off some forgotten work and reacquainting myself with it. I’m pulling out the longest, most polished, I can find, but they’re mostly short. I’m sure the audience will hear some familiar ones as well, because I’ve been reading in the area for awhile and, as I said, I spend most of my time with music.
Stone Soup poetry series happens this Sunday 8-26-12 (and the last Sunday of each month) at The Bards Town (1801 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40205). You can rsvp to Stone Soup on Facebook!