5 Burning Questions with Carolyn Shayte

As well as feature our future readers, we also wanted to check in with folks who have read for us over the last 5 years.  Carolyn Shayte read for us in 2019 – read what she has been up to below!

What have you been up to since reading with us at Writers & Words? How has the writing been going?

Well, I moved across country from Baltimore to Santa Fe and started a graduate program! I have been exploring this new area, going on lots of hikes, and enjoying the endless sunshine and green chilis. My writing is now more so related to my academic courses, but I have found time to work on my personal writing and have gotten very into writing haikus since the start of the pandemic.

What are you working on right now (writing or otherwise (nothing is a valid answer as well))?

I am working on lots of schoolwork which involves readings, writing, research, and art making for my spring quarter classes which are centered around human development, multicultural perspectives, and human sexuality and Eros in myths, fantasies, and dreams. I am loving all that I am learning!

What has been your favorite Quarantine Read thus far?

For my class on Eros and human sexuality I read Arousal: The Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies by Michael J. Bader, and wow what a fascinating read!

How would you describe the writing community where you live in just a few words?

I am still finding it and figuring it out!

What would be a few words of advice you would give someone wanting to get into any writing community?

There are lots of writing communities out there, in person or online, that social media have made it easier to find. It’s more about finding the people you click with, who give you feedback in a productive way, and that inspire you to write…and they don’t even have to write in your genre!

Bonus question: what level of quarantine are you at? 1) relaxing with a book,  2) the dog clears her throat too loudly,  3) hot dog fries, 4) THE PRINTER IS BROKEN I DON’T NEED A PRINTER, 5) I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.

I think every week I make my way through all of these levels.


Carolyn Shayte is a multimedia and community artist, poet, and avid nature lover from Baltimore, MD. Currently she lives in Santa Fe, NM with her very fluffy cat, Jewel, where she is pursuing her M.A. in Art Therapy and Counseling at Southwestern College and the New Earth Institute.

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