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Interview with Gilbert H. Richards, Author of Herd of Tusks
Author’s Bio:A native of Baltimore City, Maryland, Gilbert H. Richards, a high school English Literature teacher of 20 years, set a goal to write a book of poetry during his college years. Having always written personal essays, Richards combined his love of writing, reading and his knowledge of English literature in his first book of poetry, Herd of Tusks. Richard has earned an English degree from Morgan State University and a Masters in Special Education from Coppin State University. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.
What inspired you to write your book?
GHR: I’ve been writing poems since my teen years. At 62 years old, I think a lot about my own mortality. I want to leave a testament behind. This volume of poetry is that testament. I hope it’s not my last.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
GHR: I like a lot of authors, poets, journalists, and columnists etc. However, I was definitely influenced by the Black Power and Civil Rights movements of the 1960s. No doubt, I’m a Revolutionary/Black is Beautiful baby.
Is this your first book? How long did it take to start and finish your book?
GHR: This is my first book and it took me about a year and a half to complete.
Do you write with an outline, or just let it flow organically?
GHR: Both. I start organically, then try to organize it by topic and theme.
Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, is there a theme song for this book?
GHR: I always have music, sports talk radio or TV on. It’s all backdrop. “We’re Growing Higher and Higher” from Shaka Zulu.
What are the keys to success in getting your book out to the public?
Exposure, publicity, word of mouth, Facebook, website.
What advice would you give to new authors?
GHR: Look around, see what’s happening in your local area. Check out other local poets around. Read and reflect on what’s current in poetry globally too.
Poet’s Bio: Poet Brenda Bunting, she/her is the author of Poems of Love and Violence In Between Life and Death (1st and 2nd editions). She is an award-winning orator whose work has appeared in numerous publications online and in print. She hosts poetry events and has been the featured poet at live events, virtually, on television, and blog radio. Brenda is a poetry workshop facilitator and spoken word artist who advocates for racial, social, and environmental justice. Brenda has a BA in English and is completing her Master of Teaching at NYU. She is a literary leader of Prince Georges County Maryland, a life member of the Kentucky State Poetry Society and certified Life Coach. Brenda is working to complete her next books of poetry. Check out her artist page on Facebook at FreeThinker Poet Deliah Lawrence: What inspired you to be a poet? Brenda Bunting: I started writing poetry when I was 12 years old, over 40 years ago. Poetry provided the creative cloak I needed to try
Author’s Bio: Diane Papalia Zappa grew up in Fort Lee, NJ, a suburb of New York City. She graduated from Vassar College in 1968 with a degree in psychology. She received her MS from West Virginia University in child development and family relations in 1970 and, in 1971, earned her PhD from WVU in life-span developmental psychology. In 1971, she joined the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison, attaining the rank of full Professor at the age of 30. While there, she, and co-author Sally Wendkos Olds, wrote A Child’s World (now in its 13th edition) and Human Development (in its 14th edition). In 1986, while still a professor in Madison, she met Frank Zappa’s younger brother, Bob, who was the marketing manager for one of her books. They married in 2015. She was 68 and Bob was 72. Sadly , Diane was widowed in 2018. The Married Widow , describes how their relationship endured for the more than three decades since they met and continued after his passing. It is their love story.
Author’s Bio: Cultural and commercial diplomacy are the hallmarks of Lauri Fitz-Pegado’s career in the public sector, private sector, with nonprofits and in the arts. She has worked at the Voice of America, served in the Foreign Service in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and appointed Assistant Secretary and Director General of the Foreign Commercial Service. Lauri held senior positions at Iridium and several public affairs companies. Grounded in ballet training and performance early in her life, she has returned to teaching ballet and mentoring, applying her communications and public relations skills to promoting artists, and her business and leadership experience to advising dance institutions sharing her commitment to social change, empowerment and inclusion. In Dancing in the Dash , she tells her story and the relevance to her career achievements of skills acquired through ballet training. Lauri received her M.A from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced Interna