with Krystal “Gypsy” Orellano
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Krystal: I started writing as a teenager was journal writing. It was my therapy. Writing was an outlets I needed and it allowed me to express my soul. Some my early influence were poets like Maya Angelou. Her poetry really spoke to me and her life story was very relatable to how writing helps a person survive pain.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
Krystal: Some of my biggest influences today are Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison. I find reading a poem or novel by a powerful woman of color inspiring and relatable to my own work as a writer.
Q3: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
Krystal: Becoming a writer/spoken word artist was one of those moments that happened naturally. I didn’t just become a writer. I fell into the spoken word life by doing my first open mic one night and falling in love with the feeling of performance arts.
Q4: Who has helped you most with writing?
Krystal: Countless professors, workshop artist, constantly reading books, rewriting and my work to be better.
Q5: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing & did any travels away from home influence your work?
Krystal: I grew up in Tampa, Florida with a single Afro-Latina mother from Puerto Rico as a mixed race child. All of this influenced my writing because I had to find away to understand what it meant to be from the Islands, the U.S.A being biracial in both places and how the different struggles became who I would become. I have traveled all over the Islands and Europe to try and find meaning in being Multi-racial. It has transpired my work of poetry in my book The Evolution of Poetry and how see myself as a strong woman of color.
Q6: What do you consider your most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far to you?
Krystal: I have done many meaningful pieces for which mean the world to me, but I really like my poems ‘Black Girl White Skin,’ ‘Dying my hair Blonde,’ and ‘Goddess’ from my Two books of poetry The Evolution poetry and Quench.
Q7: Favorite activities to relax?
Krystal: Doing yoga, listening to jazz music with a bottle of wine, walks on the beach, writing my poetry at a coffee shop and performing my poetry to crowds of people.
Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem/writing of yours or others?
Q9: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?
Krystal: I have recently released my lasted love series Quench. Its my book of poetry full of many kinds of love. Also anyone can purchase my book The Evolution of Poetry both now on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Quench-Gypsys-Hidden-Krystal-Orellano/dp/B098CRPDJD/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?dchild=1&qid=1629902112&refinements=p_27%3AKrystal+%22Gypsy%22+Orellano&s=books&sr=1-2
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