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We are proud to introduce our newest Featured Client, Lynn Hoggard! As a poet, Lynn also demonstrates the skills of a storyteller. She uses words to harness the power of images, creating unforgettable visuals in her readers’ minds. Her poetry is striking in the sense that it addresses philosophical questions while exploring intimate relationships between ordinary people; it focuses on both universal and slice-of-life themes. Watch her video and read on to learn more about Lynn’s craft and her collaboration with Writer’s Relief.
In Lynn Hoggard’s Own Words
Writing, at the very core of our being, is a way of making meaning of our lives, so if you’re a writer, you know that. The hard part for me, since I had many obligations and distractions, was moving from the knowledge of writing’s importance to a sustained engagement with writing. Two influences helped me make the transition. The first was a wonderful book entitled The Writer’s Way by Julia Cameron that guides and focuses creativity with small but mighty steps over a period of months. The second was Writers Relief, which, once I’d written the poems, helped me polish and send them to journals that might be interested. All that remains for me is the wonderful, wonderful play with words that is poetry.
More About Lynn Hoggard
Lynn Hoggard has published five books, three of them translations from French (Sketch of a Serpent by Paul Valéry, Tent Posts by Henri Michaux, and Nelida by Marie d’Agoult). She is a past president of the American Literary Translators Association and a winner of the Soeurette Diehl Fraser Translation Award given by the Texas Institute of Letters. For several years she was the arts writer for the Wichita Falls Times Record News, writing more than six hundred articles, reviews, features, and interviews on all aspects of the arts. She is also a featured poet in A Certain Attitude: Poems by Seven Texas Women and has written a biography of Irina and Frank Pal, European dancers and founders of the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre. Her memoir, Motherland: Stories and Poems from Louisiana, will be published by Lamar University Press in spring/summer 2014. Her poetry has also appeared in 13th Moon, The Broken Plate, Clackamas Literary Review, Concho River Review, descant, The MacGuffin, New Ohio Review, Soundings East, Summerset Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Wild Violet, Xavier Review, and others.
Read more about Lynn on her website!