Wow, this past weekend was a busy one! Shortly after I created my first zine, my husband (who is my biggest supporter), encouraged me to table at the PHX Zine Fest 2017 which would take place less than two weeks after I published. I agreed. Then he sprung an open-mic/reading on me. He and my friends joined forces to convince me to read but knowing that I suffer from debilitating stage fright and social anxiety, they did not push. Instead, my friend Tameka agreed to read my poem, “a poem that needs to be seen,” for me.
I was happy. Because while I was ready to put my work out into the universe, I was not prepared to stand before the world to be dissected and judged. Bracing myself for the opinions of others regarding my writing is one thing, but waiting for them to come for me, well, nah- I’m OK!