Written by Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer talked with Michelle Rosado in May 2019 and created this collage-style mini-profile from their conversation.
On the writing process and what makes a powerful poem:
Rosado says: a poem is primarily derived from its power and strength. It is based on the ability to create a meaningful metaphor to fully capture those memories, wishes, and personalities that the writer possesses.
On what influences and inspires:
Most writers are inspired by experiences that shape us. Rosado said she was very much influenced by the experiences of her childhood. Her book Why Can´t It Be Tenderness is a filled with poems and writings about her childhood and about her adult life. Reading about her childhood experiences really inspired me to look back on some of the experiences that I faced growing up. For instance, Rosado felt she had a different connection to her mother when compared with her father. In one of her poems she reflects on the need to rely more on herself. This made me think of being in solitude and comfort with one’s self.
Fun Facts about the Author
Rosado describes herself as a snail emoji.
She relates more to her mother now that she’s grown up.
Recently she has been seeing more and more butterflies everywhere she goes.
Many of the people Rosado works with are writers or have some association with art and writing.
Visit the website: http://www.michellebrittanrosado.com/
Buy the book: http://www.michellebrittanrosado.com/books
Read other interviews: http://www.michellebrittanrosado.com/interviews
Read a few sample poems: http://www.michellebrittanrosado.com/poems
Jennifer is a student at Pasadena City College and former member of Inscape.
Blog Posts reflect the opinions of the writer and not the opinions of Pasadena City College or Inscape Magazine Editorial Staff Members.