An Interview with Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné
Tell us about how you got into writing?
I’ve been writing poetry ever since I can remember. My grandmother was a secondary school English teacher, and I grew up in a house filled with lovely old books of poetry. Reading and writing poetry was a big part of my childhood. As an adult, I started writing seriously after taking a Creative Writing course in poetry at the University of the West Indies.
The winning poem “Portrait of my father as a grouper” was based on a personal experience with illness, memory, loss and forgiveness.
The prize has definitely motivated me to keep writing! I submitted my entry just a few days after the birth of my son. Winning the poetry prize has been a wonderful and timely affirmation that I am on the right path as I enter into this new phase of life as mother and writer.What are you working on right now?
I am in the process of editing and putting the finishing touches on my first full collection of poetry.What advice do you have for people entering next year?
Submit your best work. Also, keep trying even if you aren’t successful the first time!