Contributor Spotlight: Kay Rice
poetry? I have been writing poetry since grade school. I had a teacher that took an interest in my writings and offered critiques and helped to build my talent. I try to give a voice to express what I couldn’t otherwise. My grandmother and my friends gave me the support and courage that I needed to continue pursuing my poetry.
By Brian A. Palmer,
Editor in Chief
Each issue we will select one of our wonderful contributors and take some time to get to know them a little better. This month the staff unanimously selected Kay Rice for our second Contributor Spotlight. I had the wonderful privilege of completing this interview. Where are you from? I am from Woodsfield, Ohio in the Southeast corner of Ohio which is the Monroe County seat. I grew up on a dairy farm and graduated from Marietta College in 1984. What do you do? Currently, I am a Database Application Specialist for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. What are your interests? Hobbies? In my free time I enjoy fishing, canoeing, camping, hunting, gardening, zip lining in the Hocking Hills; I want to try everything that life has to offer. Why do you choose to write
What is your writing process? First, I have to have the spark. Something will speak to me. I jot down notes whenever a thought comes to me. Sometimes the scribbles write themselves. Other times inspiration comes in the form of a whisper. There have been times when I have pull my car to the side of the road to write my ideas down. What inspires you? My emotions, feelings that may be difficult to verbalize. My son, my children, my husband, my friends. I find inspiration in random things that happen; anything that speaks to me. What do you hope that readers take away from your work? I want readers to be able to see themselves. I am continuously drawn to the image of the phoenix rising from her ashes. The idea of fresh life from pain and death. I hope that my work will help the reader to find their wings, to obtain growth, freedom, and survival all based on an unseen strength. Why did you first submit your work to Palmer Grove? Carri had mentioned the magazine in a conversation and suggested that I submit some of my work to the upcoming issue. So, I sent her a few works to read
and ended up submitting them for the issue. My husband had been pushing me to publish my work for awhile and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. What responses did/have you received since publication in Palmer Grove? Selected for the publication of the International Poetry Movements 2011 Celestial Book Selected as the one of the Best Poets and Poems of 2011 (International Poetry Movement). Selected for the America's Amateur Poets Award 2011. My blog http://www.wordsfrom theashes.wordpress.com was recently selected for a "Beautiful Blogger" award. My Book Words from the Ashes was published in April of 2012. What made you decide to submit work again after your first time? I enjoyed seeing my work in print. If one person could be touched by my work, then this is a great way to do just that. Plus, I always enjoy the graphics that the staff creates for my work. The graphic for “Freedom to Live” was exactly what I had always pictured when I wrote it. What would you say to someone who was considering contributing to Palmer Grove? I tell them to write out loud and Palmer Grove provides the perfect audience to let your work speak. If nothing else, it allows you to get your toe in the water and makes it that much easier to jump in and publish more.
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