1. What do you love the most about writing in your discipline (poetry, fiction, etc)?
  • Poetry has given me the range to feel powerful. In my poetry I am interviewing myself in a sense and within each poem I have the creative ability to be as blunt, mystic, critical, humorous, fictionalized, or as real as I want to be about things I feel passionate about.
  1. Who are you reading right now? Any shout outs or recommendations? 
  • PLEASE checkout ‘Kindred’ by Octavia Butler. It’s the epitome of excellence.
  • I’m currently diving into ‘A Taste of Power’ By Elaine Brown, while also starting the Black Panther comics! (Shout out to the Reginald Hudlin run of the issues!)
  1. Do you ever write from personal experience (memoirists, duh, stupid question), and if so, where do you draw the line when writing about your life? 
  • In short, I try not to draw any lines as of recently. I think though I have been extremely open within my writing about the oppression and trauma that I’ve faced in result of being a vocal black woman in society, I’ve just most recently began to allow myself to explore ‘the origins of my birth’ (I like to call it) just because it’s emotional truth that I’ve been embarrassed about for so long. It’s been an uncomfortable writing journey so far, but I can’t be an authentic writer with purpose without it.
  1. Kurt Vonugut once said ‘When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.’ How does this make you feel?
  • Like an armless, legless woman, with a sharpie in her mouth.
  1. Do you often write outside of the genre you are representing at Writers & Words?
  • I’m dibbing and dabbing into more of a memoir/narrative type of writing style. Its been cute so far. (Does tweeting count as a writing genre…because if so…)

Bonus question: What sort of inanimate object will you be in your next life? If you’re into that kind of thing.

  • I would honestly want to be Beyonce’s microphone. That’s a blessing within itself.


Rock on, Jamesha! Who wouldn’t want to be Beyonce’s microphone? 

Come out to Writers & Words on Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm at Charmington’s Cafe to hear all of our other fantastic readers.

Jamesha Caldwell is a multifaceted Baltimore bred poet whose work surrounds the plight of her environment, black womanhood, and all things hip hop. Jamesha’s work can be found in a multitude of publications, stages, and the hearts of those who choose to listen. 


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