“People ask me all the time how I do what I do without wanting to give up? And the only answer I can ever really think of is that I never saw it as an option. Not until they brought it up did it ever occur to me that I ever had any other choice but to keep going. “~Emily Klein, Poet and Writer from Long Island, New York.
I met Emily Klein last summer while she was attending Advocate of Wordz poetry performance workshop “Summer of Wordz”.
She was what I call an “introvert”, not much talking. You’ll be lucky if she even says hi lol, but the minute she read her poetry it was like a rocket just hit the (ground) floor.
Her poems give detailed accounts of her childhood, in a way that cuts through your skin and make you think as once a child now an adult and also a parent; you connect with her instantly and for me that is important when listening to poetry.
Emily’s love of language originated from her elementary school days, when she learned to read and write in Latin. She pursued a higher education and received a B.A. in Language and Literature, as well as an M.A. In Social work and Psychotherapy. She is also a graduate of the first inaugural class of LaSopa the School of Poetic Arts created by my friends at Capicu.
Her work was recently chosen by Poet Laureate George Wallace to be published in The Long Island Quarterly Magazine.
After Summer of Wordz, Emily and I began a professional relationship that has developed into a friendship; she often calls me for advice or to share ideas. We also share stories on motherhood and the impact of social media on humanity nowadays.
Recently she published her first collection of poetry “Ember Belly” and I remember receiving a copy right after Thanksgiving with a special note from her. This weekend she will host her book release party and of course I am happy to sponsor through Wendy Angulo Productions.
I am a believer of women with dreams that work hard to achieve them and Emily is definitely one of those women.
I admire her tenacity and commitment to her writing career, this May 3, 2015 Emily will premiere her first staged poetry performance titled “Chronicles of Unsung Heroines” which theme is the celebration of every aspect of Motherhood and in the Spring she will begin teaching her own Poetry Workshop in cooperation with Wordat4f Teen Poetry Program.
Emily Klein to me is a Little Giant that will be leaving her mark in this world.