Today we’d like to introduce you to Flose Boursiquot.
Flose, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been writing poetry since the third grade so for about 17 years now. Poetry became a constant in my life because it was a way for me to process feelings about childhood trauma. I couldn’t intellectualize the shame and guilty I felt about being a victim of something I couldn’t understand, but poetry understood. She and I became pals and we’ve stuck by each other’s side since. Today, poetry and I have a more public relationship. She is no longer a hidden page in black and white notebooks. She’s a public declaration of who I am, and in a lot of ways, she is a political statement.
At this point, I have self-published two collections — Close Your Eyes, Now Breathe + loudmouth. Both of those collections are available on Amazon, at two local bookstores in South Florida (The Book Cellar & Poetic Justice Books & Arts), and can also be purchased at select Barnes & Noble stores around the country. I have also entered a partnership with the Malala Foundation and I’ll be performing at the Sun-Sentinel’s THRIVE event this coming October 7th.
I say all of this to say, poetry and I have blossomed. I got to the place I am today because I stopped being afraid of sharing my work. I stopped telling myself I wasn’t good enough. I believed in my ability and I took a leap of faith.
Has it been a smooth road?
It wasn’t a smooth road to start, no. The biggest struggle I faced was myself. I know it might be cliche but I’ll keep saying it until we believe it… we stop ourselves from achieving greatness because of fear. That was my number one struggle; all of the ways that I convinced myself I wasn’t good enough. My advice is to tell fear to go take a walk and to jump toward what you desire. You have nothing to lose when you pursue your dreams, seriously, nothing.
Secondly, it was difficult for me to build a list of agents and people to reach out to who had an interest in poetry. That’s the main reason I self-published. There weren’t a lot of people invested in publishing poetry when I started out.
If you are just starting your poetry & publishing journey, be patient with yourself. Additionally, acknowledge your fear then wave goodbye to it. Lastly, learn the process but if it doesn’t work for you, don’t be afraid to create your own path.
We’d love to hear more about Let It Flose.
I’m a poet first and I’d like to think that’s my specialty but I also manage political campaigns and work in marketing. Because of my interests, I’m a great connector. I naturally engage with and connect to people and believe that sets me apart.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
When looking for a mentor or networking, in general, it’s important to be yourself. Sometimes, we think we have to put up a front and impress, but when we chip away at what makes us who we are, we ultimately end up cheating ourselves. Be you. Seek out people who are who you envision yourself to be. Find out how they got to where they did. Ask questions. Be you.
- Buy Flose’s first collection of poetry, Close Your Eyes, Now Breathe, for $9.99 on Amazon
- Buy Flose’s second collection of poetry, loudmouth, for $11.99 on Amazon
- Keep up with Flose: https://letitflose.com/bookings/
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Kayla Mendez, Sun-Sentinel, Poetic Justice Books & Arts