Lindsay’s Poetry is soothing to the ear, regardless whether she’s talking about social issues, love, illness … her writing always manages to interpret what the heart and head cannot speak
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a writer because I love the freedom of processing the world through words. As a reader I have taken refuge in other’s words and so I hope to do a bit of the same with my own poetry and fiction.
How did you get into your creative industry?
I’ve always written for myself, but didn’t start bringing my words to others in a consistent way until I started exploring open mic poetry here in the Springs.
What is the best advice you have received about excelling as a creative?
Allow yourself to play. Explore different mediums. Consume a variety of art. Be excited about finding new ways to be alive.
What is the biggest lesson you are learning about excelling as a creative?
It is easy to get caught up in other’s definitions of you and your work. You’ll want to try and make the art they expect of you. Let that go.
What is the biggest challenge you are overcoming while excelling as a creative?
Finding a way to be creative all the time! I wish so much I could constantly stay in that flow state, but I still struggle with integrating my creative side with the weight of day-to-day obligations and stresses.
As a Black woman, what do you see you role in helping people who look like you, excel in your industry?
I love that I can represent the diversity of what it means to be a Black woman. I can show our range and talent and beauty though my work in ways that welcome others to embrace and celebrate their own Blackness unedited for likeability!
Where do you see yourself headed in the future, what is your goals as a creative?
I have a couple long term projects in mind: one centered around using poetry as healing and transition for the community and the other publishing a hybrid book of fiction and poetry. More immediately though, I’d like to continue exploring all artistic mediums and collaborating with other creatives to expand and diversify my creative voice.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
The first time I memorized one of my poems. I struggle considerably with being able to memorize things. I was very ashamed of this for a time and decided to put all my focus into memorizing one for an audition for TEDx Colorado Springs. The day it finally clicked in for me was probably more exciting than actually performing for TEDx. I surprised myself and made myself so proud.