135: When it’s messy and we must: creative process with the poet Hokis

Artist Soapbox begins the year with Hokis, poet and deep thinker. Listen in and find encouragement and support, practical tips to guide your creative process, great vulnerability, and a generous sprinkling of inspiration. This is a grownup and roving conversation that touches on grief, the death of a parent, adoption, sexual trauma, identity, creative evolution or revolution, and importantly…how to write when it’s messy and when you must.  Thanks to Hokis for leaving it all on the table.

Hokis is an American poet of Armenian descent. She is founder and Senior Editor of Headline Poetry & Press, and her work is widely available digitally and in print- most recently in Indi(e) Blue’s “As the World Burns” and the Gloucester Poetry Festival’s  anthology “Pandemic Poetry 2020.” Hokis’s debut collection, “OnBecoming: Aesthetic Evolution of this Rising Ancestor” is available on Amazon.com. For more information, visit hokis.blog

Mention: The Radiolab’s podcast episode on The Beauty Puzzle (aesthetic evolution)

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2 thoughts on “135: When it’s messy and we must: creative process with the poet Hokis

  1. You aren’t kidding that this was a restorative conversation. What an extraordinary conversation.

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