Contributor Interview with Anisha Kaul

Everyone, welcome Anisha Kaul to our Contributor Interview series, a routine blog feature that introduces you to the wonderful writers whose work will be featured in our upcoming anthology, Byline Legacies.

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“Anisha gives a beautiful characterization to the flight our minds so often travel when writing. For someone who has never crafted anything quite like this, she certainly puts on a lovely performance with her prose.”

— Lizzie Thornton, editor for Cardigan Press

[E] Welcome, Anisha, to Cardigan Press! We’d love to know: what genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?

I have lately turned into an all-time poet! My writing gravitates toward an Adult audience.

Free verse sprinkled with fantastic or abstract themes appear most naturally in my work. Writing for me is not herculean, it never has been. The inspiration emerges out of the blue, I have to almost transcribe all that is taking place, and gradually shape a composition. The ‘process’ amazes me sometimes, it is difficult to explain and even more complex to comprehend.      

Though there is still a lot for me to explore as a poet as far as my writing style and themes are concerned, I must confess that my art has come a long way. I have also started to experiment with the form of my poems—this was something unforeseen. Visual poetry is the newfound solace, it provides me with the scope of playing with my words, as I may fancy, and that is absolutely incredible.   

[E] We’d love to see some of your visual poetry! In what way would you say your submission to Cardigan Press is similar and/or different from your usual work?

The submission “On Not Writing” for Byline Legacies was completely different from my usual creations, I have never attempted anything of this fashion. Hence, to receive a lovely acceptance from Jaime and Lizzie was a dream come true. I must also confess, to write about writing, was a brilliant call for the anthology. 

My poem voices the concerns of a poet who is struggling to write, and by that desperate attempt is withering away. This is one of the most dreadful experiences that creative writers, poets, and artists have to deal with. The challenge, then, is to brace for all odds as gracefully as possible and await the swift return of our muses.  

As I later reflected on the scribbled words, I felt for certain that not just the readers, but even the poets/ writers from the writing community will find comfort while reading about this shared experience of ours. The resonation is inevitable.

[E] Thank you for your kind words. We certainly found your descriptions of this struggle riveting. Until our readers can read your poem in print, how can readers best support your writing career?

The readers can always extend their support to me by following my journey as I continue to pen my thoughts. They can catch up with me on Twitter and/or read through my earlier publications, links to which are all available on my website. Keep in touch, for you never know when I might happen to write another free verse!

[E] We definitely will! Thank you so much, Anisha, for hanging out with us! We’re so excited for readers to explore your writing and get to know you!

Everyone, please show your support and at least give her a follow!

Do you know Anisha? Comment below and let others know what Anishas writing means to you. If this is your first time meeting her, say hello!

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