Erin Hanson Poet Biography Assignment
Today I interviewed the born-to-be-writer Erin Hanson from poetry blog "The Poetic Underground" and lifestyle/inspiration blog "The Halfway Point". She's down to earth, wonderfully coherent and her poetry will make your heart flutter as she paints with her words.
|Star sign: Cancer|
What's the story behind your blog names "The Halfway Point" & "The Poetic Underground"?
To be honest I actually just liked the sound of "The Halfway Point" but it sort of reflects how I feel about my life, I always feel like I'm halfway between where I've been and where I want to be. Hopefully one day I'll feel closer to the end! What will I call it then? The 3/4 Point? haha
The Poetic Underground was more thought through, I feel like there's a real lack of appreciation for poetry these days so I wanted to try and contribute to increasing that appreciation. "The Poetic Underground" is supposed to feel like a secret place you can go where you're surrounded by other people who appreciate poetry as much as you do. Plus, it makes me picture a group of people all huddled in some hole in the wall place all reading and sharing poetry to each other, and that makes me happy :)
Congratulations on self-publishing your first book - can you describe the experience?
Thankyou! It all happened very quickly so I didn't really have much time to think about it while it was happening. I'd been getting a few questions from people on my tumblr asking me to publish a book of my work but I had no idea how to go about getting published so I kind of just put the idea to the side. Then around christmas I started searching on the internet for ways to publish your own book and wallah! My book came to be :) My sister and I spent two straight days compiling my poems while she drew the front cover for me. I was extremely nervous at first because what if nobody bought it? I suppose it wouldn't matter that much, because to me it would feel like I'd failed.
I'll tell you what though, knowing that people appreciate your work enough to spend their own money on it really puts a smile on my face.
What is the hardest thing about blogging?
Coming up with things to blog about! I kind of hit a wall this month in terms of coming up with new content, so I sat myself down and wrote out a long list of things I enjoy, things others like to read about, and how often I can post them. I think I'm starting to come up with ideas again now though which is good! When you have lots of good ideas all at once it's easy to want to make heaps of posts in such a short time to get them out there in the world. But it's important to space them apart so you don't run out of ideas!
What makes you uncomfortable? Large groups of people/ talking infront of people! I am an extremely introverted person and if I spend to much time around lots of people I get really anxious and need to leave.
1. My notebooks that I write my poetry in
2. My diaries: They hold stories of my life so far that I know I'll forget in a few years, so it's nice to have a written account of them.
3. My books in general? Does that count as one possession when I have a LOT of them? Either way, I know I can just grab one and read myself into another world when this one becomes to much to handle.
Favourite comfort food? I'll tell you what, I have an addiction to cashews. If you can eat one and then leave the container alone I applaud you because that is not how it happens here.
Do you have any advice for anyone starting a blog or writing a book? Do it for you and not anybody else. I swear everyone says this, but if you're blogging just to gain followers you're going to lose motivation really quickly. Blog about what you like and enjoy and it will attract people with similar interests. When I first started my poetry blog I didn't tell anyone about it, and nobody I knew in real life knew about it until I'd published my book! (whoops), I just used it as a place to save my poems. Eventually more people found it and it grew, but I never thought "If I post this I'll get more followers"
Something you're looking forward to in the future? Moving out of home hopefully. I know it seems crazy at 18 but I feel as though I've had enough of where I'm living now, I've lived here my whole life and I want a change and an adventure, to start experiencing life for myself. I'm not sure when it'll happen, but hopefully not too long!
Thank you for being on Antlered Fawn! I loved talking to you and I'm excited to see where you go in the future :)
You can purchase her recently self published poetry collection titled "Reverie" here.
Her Poetry Blog here.
Her Lifestyle/Inspiration Blog here.
Here are some of my favourite poems - Enjoy!
(All photos and poems are property of Erin Hanson. Please don't use or copy images without written permission- thank you)
Today I’m interviewing Erin Hanson, also known as The Poetic Underground. Erin is an extremely talented young girl whose poetry is now all over Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram. Erin is 19 years old and living in Australia.
Let me just start off this conversation with the most typical question I'm sure you've already been asked a lot. At what age did you come up with the idea of writing your own poetry? What books/authors have influenced you the most?
There wasn’t any specific age that I decided I wanted to start poetry, I think it was just a continuation on from reading so many books as a child. I figure it’s just natural after reading stories that you would want to try and create your own. It was never actually a conscious choice of 'okay I’m going to write some poetry' until I was around 11-12 and had to write a piece for school. After that I was more aware that it was something I enjoyed doing, so I just kept at it. The majority of my favorite books are fantasy stories, which may be why so many of my poems have magical themes/characters/things that just aren’t possible in real life. When I was 13, I read my first ever fantasy series, The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke, and fell in love with all things mystical and magical which still continues today. I try to read an assortment of different writing genres though and take little pieces of inspiration from it all.