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. Rachel E. Hicks 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?
It’s been a tough season due to handling my daughter’s health challenges. Creativity is hard to come by when I’m in crisis mode. However, I’ve set myself a goal of completing my poetry manuscript by the end of 2020, so I’m pushing hard on that. I also recently became the editor of Among Worlds magazine, a quarterly digital publication by and for adult “third culture kids” (TCKs—people who spent most or part of their formative years in countries or cultures different from those of their parents; also known as “global nomads). (If that describes you, I’d love to hear from you!)
What are you working on right now (writing or otherwise (nothing is a valid answer as well))?
Besides the magazine, I’m currently working on my first poetry collection, which I hope to complete by the end of 2020.
What has been your favorite Quarantine Read thus far?
The Heart’s Time by Janet Morley (book of curated Lenten poetry) and Selected Poems, 1931–2004 by Czeslaw Milosz. (I can never pick just one.)
How would you describe the writing community where you live in just a few words?
I’ve lived in Baltimore for over six years, and I’ve found the writing community to be eclectic, generous, encouraging, grassroots, and diverse.
What would be a few words of advice you would give someone wanting to get into any writing community?
Writers are people. Don’t be afraid to get to know writers in your community. But don’t use the community just for what it can do for you—volunteer where you can, treat others like humans, celebrate the success of others.
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’m probably at #2, except that I don’t have a dog—yet. We just bought a puppy for our daughter (as a therapy dog), and my amazing sister-in-law is housetraining him for us since we don’t have the bandwidth AT ALL for that.
Rachel E. Hicks’s poetry has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Little Patuxent Review, Relief, St. Katherine Review, Gulf Stream, and other journals. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she won the 2019 Briar Cliff Review Fiction Prize, and her poems have been finalists in several competitions. She is editor of Among Worlds magazine, an associate editor at Del Sol Press, and a freelance copyeditor. Find her online at rachelehicks.com.