BobbiRush is one of our featured writers at our February 11th reading. Check out our interview with her below.
What is your first memory of writing for fun?
The first thing that comes to mind, I’m already blushing and shaking my head at myself. I had to have been 6 or 7 years old when i decided to write a love letter to the keyboard player of my church. We called him brother Marcel. The letter never made it to him. It was taken by my aunt Sylvia. I will never forget that I’ve done that. I’ve always enjoyed love letters.
How many drafts = done?
I’d say at least 3 drafts equals done, to me. After you’ve made a mess with lines and arrows , directing the the flow of your words for a good fit. Then it’s finished. Maybe. Is anything ever really done ?
What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?
I have so many favorites, but my ultimate still, is Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo by Ntozake Shange
What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?
What gets me most excited is that I can say whatever I want. I can share feelings and experiences. I enjoy the thought of writing possibly being taken too far.
What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?
I don’t think I’ve come across a favorite word just yet. Nothing gets me going like a good F bomb. I’ve not quite fallen in love with a word , more than I’ve fallen for the way words in general are used. Hopefully soon a word will find me.
Bonus Question: who inspires you the most, living or dead, real or fictional?
My mother has been inspiring me more in her living death than ever before. She’s always someone I think on. She was a fighter. She was a believer. She did everything she wanted to do. She created the life she wanted for herself. Even living with kidney failure, she created.
After my mother there is Ntozake Shange. She’s a sound, a taste and a movement. She is the woman who reminds me of a woman I’ve always known and been with. I just love them.
BobbiRush is a writer from Baltimore, Maryland. She’s been writing for 12 years of her life. She turned to journaling at the age of 15 to help cope with the death of her Mother. She had no idea she was nurturing a true passion. Bobbi created The BlueFaceProject, a home base for the writing she produces via her WordPress site. She’s a self published author of 2 books. ‘Words (Feeling… Feelings) , which speaks for someone who’s ready to understand themselves and the world around them. A book filled with self talk, poetry and prose. PUSSY, her ear catching, 2nd self published book is in the tone of a young woman who’s been speaking her self into existence. Bobbi has written for local Baltimore publications such as Tortilla Gurl, BMore Art and True Laurels. She has the many voices of black women writers for 5 years and hopes to keep nurturing her own personal language. Bobbiblueface.wordpress.com ￼