By Ginger Cox
Kristin Roedell was nominated for DZANC’s Best of the Web, 2010, and the Pushcart Prize, 2010. She’s the author of Seeing in the Dark (Tomato Can Press 2009) and Girls With Gardenias (Flutter Press 2011). She recently accepted a positions as Associate Editor for Flutter Press and Grants Coordinator for VoiceCatcher. You are a former lawyer turned poet. How did that transformation occur?
I learned after years of practicing law that I was ill-suited for the conflict and pressure that comes with that profession; yet there was a part of it that I needed. I frequently represented women undergoing some sort of transition, usually through the process of divorce and/or custody proceedings. When I spoke for these women at trial, the creative part of me gave a voice not only to them, but also to a part of me that needed expression. So, in a sense, I was also representing myself. I ultimately retired and, after some years, I discovered that I still had a voice that needed expression. That’s when I began to write; this time the voice does not come wrapped in conflict. For me, writing poetry is a peaceful process.