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Kayla Schmidt Poetry An early start: It probably started
She thrives on helping fostering
when I was little. My mom would
creativity and supporting artists in
read to us every single night and it
was always so exciting. She’d take us to the library, and I’d get my
Her first love: “Laura Ingalls
little magic carpet square and just
Wilder, I was obsessed with it and
sit and listen, it was either puppets
I was like I live on the prairie, I can
or they would put on a little show.
write. I was never athletic, I wasn’t
Eventually I decided I wanted to
super excited about math, but I
be the writer.
always got really good grades in English and then I got to the point
A passion for community: Kayla is
where I had to decide what to do
passionate about our community
and I thought maybe I should be
and is highly involved all around
an author,” Kayla explains.
the Bismarck/Mandan community.
I don’t know where it comes from, it’s pretty much just my brain process vomiting on paper. I attribute it to watching a lot of Monty Python when I was a kid with my dad.
BISMARCK MAGAZINE | JULY-AUGUST 2019