Abasiama Udom

“Abasiama doesn’t shy away from the intense, and often maddening, emotion of creativity. She leans into it, like frustration is a vital part of the game that we all must fight against or lose our minds.” — Jaime Dill, editor for Cardigan Press

What genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?

I do not think of age range, so much, but tend to lean heavily towards feminity, womanhood, and literary/mainstream pieces with my fiction: telling everyday stories based on experience or eavesdropping. For my poetry, it’s a blend of descriptive and abstract styles. I may start a piece with a message in mind (wanting to be serious) and see myself returning to abstract like a homing pigeon finding its roots.

In what way would you say your poem in Byline Legacies is similar and/or different from your usual pieces?

It is both similar, and not so similar. Similar because I write conversational pieces about everyday life, and my piece is a discussion, though one sided. And it’s different because I’ve never been intentional before when writing poetry. I never try to picture who I am writing about or to, but I had to do that for this submission. For the first time, my piece had an audience and a title in one sitting. This rarely happens 🙂

How can readers best support your writing career?

At the moment, I am in the editing stages for my upcoming book which is a beginner writer’s guide, while maintaining my baby litmag STRIPES. You can catch me on Twitter @Abasiama_Udom discussing football and writing. My short pieces (“POSE” & Coloured Tales) can also be found on Smashwords.

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