Introducing Author Hannah Allen
Hannah Allen is a writer and videographer currently living in her hometown of Lake City, FL. She has attended Tallahassee Community College and the University of Central Florida earning her Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television Production. She plans on relocating to Atlanta, GA soon to get involved with film. She has poems published in the “Divided Lines” Anthology and “Looking Life in the Eye” Poets of Central Florida Anthology, Vol. III. Her first collection of poems is “A New City”. She is very honored to have a five year publishing contract with Creative Talents Unleashed to share her voice with readers.
She has always loved the magic of word play since being a child and writing songs which she still has in a folder titled “Songs of Moonlight”. Growing up she had a fascination with Rock Stars and their lyrics. The BEAT Poets of the 50’s inspired her taste and style. She is also a drummer and music enthusiast. Words and beats will always roam in her blood.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Hi Hannah, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Hannah: Thanks for talking with me.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Hannah: I’m a recent college graduate trying to start a career in video production. I enjoy the arts, sarcasm, my friends and family, driving at night, and movies that make you say “what just happened?”… Even when you’re paying attention. My father is from New York, my mother is from California, and I was born and raised in Florida.
Creative Talents Unleashed: So when did you fall in love with poetry or writing in general, when did you decide this life was for you? Tell us a bit about that discovery process.
Hannah: I remember a few moments as a kid when I felt drawn to words. A neighborhood friend and I would write songs because we wanted to be singers. I’d overhear music that my older brother played like Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant” and be like… “Whoa, what is that, I really like it”. I began playing the drums, reading beat poets, and writing. When you’re young and scribbling in some journal putting pieces together what you’re doing means something. You feel it.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Why do you write, what is it that you’re trying to communicate through your work?
Hannah: Well, I already have thoughts and ideas floating around in my head… So why not write them down. I observe and feel too much to not write. I’m showing you my mind.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Where does your inspiration come from, what might inspire you at any moment to write a story or poem?
Hannah: Everywhere. A billboard, a song, a stranger’s face, the little girl learning to ride her bike down the road. Environment observation. Sometimes nowhere. Creative energy is mysterious; some subconscious vision that just hits you.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the hardest thing about writing your book?
Hannah: When I began writing my manuscript I had a deadline since I was submitting my work into a contest. I had about half of my poems already written from my notebook but had to write the remainder in about a month and a half. Figuring out what I wanted to write about in a time frame had its challenging moments.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What was the easiest thing about writing your book?
Hannah: Not to sound contradictory, but the hardest thing about writing my book was also the easiest. Ideas organically come to you and pieces get put in their place.
Creative Talents Unleashed: There are many authors who say that in the process of writing a book you learn things about yourself. Did you learn anything in your book writing process about yourself, if so what?
Hannah: The movie “American Beauty” comes to my mind when Kevin Spacey says, “It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you’ve forgotten about”. I felt a great amount of reassurance of what I can accomplish when I put my mind into something.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What in your view is the role or responsibility of a writer or poet, if there is any?
Hannah: The poet knows that language is an ancient sacred thing and when manipulated just right pulls on the heart, opens the mind, and heightens the senses. The poet has a responsibility to search and learn their own soul and then cultivate it. They are ambiguous and choose any role they want. They can walk down any street; go through any door and the reader may follow if they wish.
Creative Talents Unleashed: What are your ambitions as a writer, where do you hope to see yourself in say 5 years?
Hannah: I plan on publishing more books. I’ll be scribbling away in my notebook. I’d like to travel, get involved with film-making or acting, and have had thoughts of getting into humanitarian work… Who knows, I may fall in love and settle down. I just want to live my life and my writing will follow.
Creative Talents Unleashed: Who is your favorite writer or poet? Perhaps you have a favorite quote from them that you would like to share.
Hannah: Arthur Rimbaud. I think there’s a primitive dark beauty about his writing. Apart from his writing, his lifestyle was intriguing walking vast distances by foot and wandering. Then his travels in Africa as a tradesman, gunrunner, etc. He was always reinventing himself. I think that’s really important. “I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.”
Creative Talents Unleashed: What advice would you give to aspiring writers who have dreams of publishing or making writing a career choice?
Hannah: Keep writing, reading, and feeding your head. Take advantage of the world you live in. Look up publishers online, submit poems into anthologies, do your research, and be patient. Essentially, I became published because I sent an email – that’s pretty amazing.
A Poem From “A New City”
A New City
Meet me at the place of dead roads,
Hurry before dawn,
We’ll walk along,
I’m not sure what we’ll see,
We buy gold,
Hold my hand,
The mines get cold
And it is night.
Do you see that hill far off!
A green hill,
And just on the other side, a gate.
© Hannah Allen
Preface . . .
This book of poems is a remix of any noun that I’ve found interesting. People, places, and things that spark the imagination. Their origin comes from experience, the unconscious, and observation. There’s no theme. There’s no order. At moments, there’s a tone of insurgency. A strange loose dream.
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