Tina Chang

I had read various online interviews with Tina Chang while preparing for this interview, and after reading one which described her as soft spoken and shy, I was prepared to do most of the talking. So it was a pleasant surprise when upon meeting her she was as charming and superbly dressed as she was down to earth and talkative.

Tina Chang has it all going on, she is a mom, leader, poet, strong female role model, and Brooklyn’s 1st Female Poet Laureate. What I found to be most inspiring about my chat with Tina, was how much she is driven to make poetry something everyone can access, and feel excited about. All too often poetry can seem like something alienating, especially if you don’t have  a lot of education about it. One of her goals as laureate is to alleviate some of this stigma through community outreach, and art projects around her neighborhood.

Be sure to check out Tina’s latest book “Of Gods and Strangers,” its vivid and witty verse is sure to strike a chord with anyone and everyone.

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