Monday, February 24, 2014

10 Questions with NYC Poet Roya Marsh

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Roya Marsh will be one of the featured poets in Raining Words: A Spring Poetry Extravaganza on Saturday, April 12 @ The Pomegrante Gallery, produced by 3Po3try NYC (

Marsh works as a preschool teacher and youth mentor, but has always had a passion for writing. As a spoken word poet, she brings a heartfelt intensity and deep beliefs to the stage, brandishing a saber of light that will penetrate those dark pockets of prejudice, injustice, and hurt, that lay buried deep within each of us. In 2013, she was the co-winner of The Inspired Word Poetry Slam Championship, a finalist in the Poetry Idol contest, and placed runner-up in the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam finals. She has been featured at a slew of venues and college throughout New York and New Jersey, as well as in Pennsylvania and DC. Marsh hopes her poems will spark change. "If you want to leave an impact deep enough for future generations to see," she says, "start now." Her website can be found @

The following is our quick 10-question interview with Ms. Marsh:

What one word describes your writing style?


What's your idea of the perfect poem?

There is no perfect poem, as there is no perfect poet. If you can break open and have your audience bleed with you and suture the wounds by the end of the poem, you're pretty damn close, to me at least.

If you could steal one line from any poem, what would it be?

I'd much rather be inspired than to imitate.

What's your best writing moment?

Every chance I get to write.

What's your worst writing moment?

When I let the world into my head.

What time of the day do you mostly write?

I write every day. Whenever I have a thought, I do my best to get it down.

What's the weirdest place you ever wrote?

The bathroom.

What's the weirdest thing you ever wrote on?

Napkins at a bar.

What book changed your writing forever?

The Lorax.

What poet, dead or alive, would you like to be friends with?

Jack Kerouac.

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