Essentially, I started this blog as a means of getting over my awkward fear of publication. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing. Poetry, short stories, and essays of both the personal and academic persuasions. I have an innate tendency to hoard my work in unseen spaces, with the occasional rare exception. It’s not that I don’t believe my work is any good – I can say with complete self-assurance that I fall into the respectable category of “Not Awful.” Still, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually submitted my work anywhere to be published. It’s not really the fear of rejection (though there is that) or the intimidation factor (though that’s there, too). I am actually more afraid that someone *will* read what I’ve written than I am that someone won’t. Which defeats the purpose in calling oneself a writer.
With this in mind, I’ve decided that I have to just throw my words out into the public world and to stop thinking about it. For the most part I’ll probably focus on writing itself as a generic topic. Perhaps things will get more personal the more often I do this. On occasion, I will also post recordings of my original poetry (although I imagine that in the beginning that will occur less frequently).
For referential purpose, here is my generic writer’s bio:
“Erin M. Daughtrey is a poet, artist, and writer living in Albuquerque, NM. Her studies at the University of New Mexico have given her the opportunity to work with a number of amazing poets and writers, and to develop a richly inquisitive approach to linguistic style and artistry. She places high value on the exploratory possibilities of subtle language and imagery, as well as the connotative influence of structure and sound.
Her readings have been featured at the Local Poets Guild and in performances with The Walking Breath, a spoken-word and music ensemble including fellow poet Kat Heatherington. Publications include works showcased in the Alibi and The InnerConnexion. Self-published works include her debut chapbook my mouth full of evening (2010) as well as Near Enough to Kiss (2011), a collection of erotically-themed works co-authored with Kat Heatherington.”
Thanks in advance to those of you who are reading. I I invite your comments, questions, and other forms of verbal interaction.