Interview With Tosha Michelle


Happy Monday! Welcome to my bi-weekly interview series. I am happy to share with you September’s second interview: the fascinating, beautiful, and gifted poet, Tosha Michelle from the blog — Everything I Never Told You: Lucidly In Shadows, Poetry From A Hand That Writes Misty. 

Please take a look at her blog here: Everything I Never Told You


Tosha Michelle

1. Tell Us About Yourself Tosha? 

My name is Tosha Michelle and I hail from the land of grits and sweet tea. I’m a poet and author of two books — Confessions of a Reformed Southern Belle and Self Help to Self Harm. The first is a chapbook and contains some of my earlier poems. The latter is my silly take on the self help genre. I’ve written things since I was a child but I didn’t take up blogging until about five-years-ago. I’m also an abolitionist and Academia addict. I’m the Radio Host of -Chit Chat Chicks Live and La Literati. I’m a book worm and perpetual nerd and dreamer.

 


 

2.  What Does Writing and Poetry Mean to You Personally? 

Poetry  — reading it, writing it — is one of my greatest forms of pleasure. There’s so much life and emotion which can be found in poetic verse. I write poetry to release my own demons, to make sense of my feelings, and for the sheer pleasure of self-expression. My poetry, usually, stems from strong emotions either good emotions or emotions which feel bad. I find it easier to write when my senses are heightened and I’m in tune with my internal angst or joy.


“I write poetry to release my own demons, to make sense of my feelings, and for the sheer pleasure of self-expression. My poetry, usually, stems from strong emotions either good emotions or emotions which feel bad. I find it easier to writ when my senses are heightened . . .” – Tosha Michelle


3. Why Do You Write and Where Do You Find Your Motivation and Inspiration to Write?

I’m a woman-child in a state of grace, struggling to find my voice and place in this world through introspection, self-reflection, and most importantly by social activism and advocacy. I firmly believe in these words: “Be the change you want to see.” It is only through love, tolerance, humility and the understanding of our own fragility that we can begin to find our humanity and, in turn, extend that humanity to others. I hope this comes through in my writing.


4. Are There Personal Causes Behind Your Writing and Values In Life? 

Love combined with action can and will make an impact on the world. It takes heart and guts to take on the seemly insurmountable, and we must. We must take a stand against injustices such as human trafficking, child abuse, and poverty.

Can one person change the world? Absolutely! Picture a world without Martin Luther King, without Gandhi, without Mother Teresa, and the countless other men and women who fought injustices in their culture, challenged the unchallengeable, and helped change society for the better.

Changing the world, making a difference where you can, and taking a stand, these are issues I often write about. Writing is a fantastic way to make a difference in the world.


” ‘Be the change you want to see.'” It is only through love, tolerance, humility and the understanding of our own fragility that we can begin to find our humanity and, in turn, extend that humanity to others. I hope this comes through in my writing.” – Tosha Michelle


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Tosha Michelle

5. Do You Find There Is a Time Of Day You Most Enjoy Writing?  Have You Published Any Writing? What Is Your Most Current Writing Projects? 

Mornings are the best time to write, there’s something inspiring about the promise of a new day. As I stated earlier, I wrote Confessions of A Warm Southern Belle and the book, Self Help To Harm. As for projects, I’m working on putting together a collection of my  more recent poems. I also have a project with a fellow poet. We are working on a book together.


Confessions of A Warm Southern Belle: A Poet’s Collection of Love, Loss, and Renewal

By Tosha Michelle

Confessions of A Warm Southern Belle Tosha
http://www.amazon.com

You Can Purchase Tosha’s Poetry Book Here on Amazon.


Self Help to Self Harm: The Dubious Guide To Life, Love, and Relationships

By Tosha Michelle

Self Help Tosha
http://www.amazon.com

Purchase Tosha’s Self Help to Self Harm Book here on Amazon.


4. What Is Your Writing Process Like? How Did You Publish Your Books?
I self-published on Amazon, the process was fairly easy. The hard part is marketing yourself and your writing. I’m not sure if I would take the self-publishing route again. I tend to write obsessively and in spurts. I need a quiet place to create, with no music, TV, or other distractions.


5. Do You Prefer Certain Areas of Writing or Reading Genres? Any Helpful Advice For Other Writers?

 I love poetry and I am a huge fiction fan. I also read a lot of non-fiction as well. I’m a history buff and adore anything related to history and the past.
Writing is such a personal thing and I can only speak to what helps me. Writing every day is something I practice. I also read a great deal. I do think writing and reading go together like biscuits and gravy or cornbread and milk. My Southern roots are showing 🙂
I think you need to just be yourself. There’s something lovely about being authentic and real in writing and in life.


” . . .[Writing] and reading go together like biscuits and gravy or cornbread and milk . . . I think you need to just be yourself. There’s something lovely about being authentic and real in writing and in life.” – Tosha Michelle. 


6. Can You Please Share A Few Links From Your Blog With Your Favorite Or Most Loved Pieces?

“And Everything”

He makes my heart leap

But i’m so very careful of the rocks

In the distance I see the lush

greenness of the vineyard.

The roots true. The vines ripe

Do I have faith in the landscape?

It still looks abstract from here.

I walk on with my shoes of hope

wearing clear blue skies and a

thawed out soul.

Still I worry about a change in

the weather, falling into a ravine

My spirit like a sacred dare

challenges me to forget my fears,

to journey on deeper into what

could become less or more.

His voice in the distance

permeates my darker self until

all I see is sunlight.

Who can say what dust will bring?

Wine or a cloud spun our of

misguided fate?.

For now the light glimmers

How freeing it is branching

it’s way out into the unknowns.

July 29, 2016 -Tosha Michelle


Here Are Two Additional Poetry Pieces From Tosha’s Blog:


Tosha Word Quote
Tosha Michelle (Unknown)

Thank you Tosha Michelle, for answering my interview questions. I enjoyed reading your answers and the books you have written both seem as if they’ll be great reads. I know the poetry will be awesome, but I think you perspective on dating, love etc. would be an interesting read as well. I hope everyone will check them out on Amazon. Also, love that you are an advocate for change for the terrible things happening in our world.


Would you like to share about yourself, your writing, and your writing process? Please reach-out to my through my Contact Page and I will send you some interview questions. I would love to feature you on my bi-weekly interview series, whatever kind of writing you adore. Thanks for reading 🙂


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33 thoughts on “Interview With Tosha Michelle

  1. Ameena k.g September 26, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Ohh, I was so happy to see this week’s interview is on Tisha Michelle. I have been a great fan of her writing, she is an amazing poet and I ‘m happy to learn more about her and her creative process.

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    • mandibelle16 September 26, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      Thank you Ameena. Yes it was a great interview from Tosha extremely talented poet. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  2. Tosha Michelle September 26, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Everything I Never Told You and commented:
    I was interviews by the exceptional and talented Amanda from Mandibelle16 If you get a chance check it out. She really came up with a wonderful set of questions.

    Amanda is also a gifted poet. Her poetry is full of depth and beauty. If you aren’t following her, you should

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    • mandibelle16 September 26, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much Tosha. Very kind words. I was happy to interview you to hear your unique voice and perspective and share your wonderful writing. Cheers!

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  3. alexraphael September 26, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Tosha is a wonderful writer. Your insightful questions helped show me her process.

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    • mandibelle16 September 26, 2016 / 5:21 pm

      Thanks Alex (again). I’m thrilled you liked Tosha’s interview and I’m sure she is as well.

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  4. Isaac Gathings September 26, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Thosha Michelle is a poet of grace, beauty, hope and inspiration. If silk could speak then she speaks the threads of beautifully woven poetry.

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    • mandibelle16 September 26, 2016 / 5:20 pm

      Thanks for visiting Isaac. Yes Tosha us indeed all those things. A beautiful and uber talented writer 🙂

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      • Isaac Gathings September 26, 2016 / 5:35 pm

        You’re welcome. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Kimber Michaela September 26, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    added insight into a talented writer. always enjoy hearing our writer’s ritual, etc..

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    • mandibelle16 September 26, 2016 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Kimber. Yes I agree it’s always great to know more about other writers. It’s something I enjoy when putting together these interviews. Happy you liked Tosha’s 🙂

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  6. clcouch123 September 26, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    She is a writing symbol of the traditional and changing South. More importantly, she strives to be herself. I am drawn to both realities, And I am thankful, Amanda, for your arranging and presenting this interview. As a Southerner and simply me as me, I appreciate the strength and subtlety of her expression. And that you bring these out.

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    • mandibelle16 September 26, 2016 / 5:18 pm

      Thank you Christopher. I’m so happy you enjoyed the interview and Tosha’s perspective. She’s very talented 🙂

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      • charliezero1.wordpress.com September 26, 2016 / 6:07 pm

        You are welcome. 🙂 I’m glad I discovered your page. Do you often interview all poets? or certain poets who have or are being published?

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      • mandibelle16 September 26, 2016 / 6:20 pm

        I do interviews bi-weekly of writers of any type — poetry, fiction, nonfiction, whatever you write. If you’re interested in being interviewed I can send you some interview questions. Just send me a message on my Contact Page on my blog. I’ve interviewed poets and writers with published books etc and ones who simply publish on their personal blogs. It doesn’t really matter as long as you’re a writer 🙂

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  7. Daisy in the Willows September 26, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Brilliant interview. I already think Tosha is fabulous. WOW- she just awakens the activist in me . Great and great answers ,Tosha. You have managed to WOW me again! What an amazing, empowering, inspiring lady you are . 🙂 take care.

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  8. Tony Single September 26, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Great work, Mandibelle. You did a great job here and Tosha is such an interesting interviewee. I’m a sucker for this sort of thing. Bravo!

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    • mandibelle16 September 26, 2016 / 11:28 pm

      Thank you Tony so much. I’m very happy you liked Tosha’s interview. I learned a lot from her.

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  9. jbcowgill September 26, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    Go go Tosha Michelle. Congrats to you on being interviewed. Oh, thank you, Mandibelle, for interviewing a talented lady.

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