Lisa Harris is the founder, poet, and creative director for Fashion Meets Poetry, LLC and author of “Unveiled Beauty”. Alongside romantic poetry, Lisa boldly explores sensitive, social issues encountered by today’s women. Lisa believes, above all, women are stronger and more powerful than they view themselves to be and through her creative work, she hopes women will rediscover their own inner beauty.
We are thrilled that Lisa was able to answer some questions about Fashion Meets Poetry as well as some insight into her process and daily life. Enjoy!
What is Fashion Meets Poetry? Or tell me about Fashion Meets Poetry?
Fashion Meets Poetry, LLC is my company by which I will be releasing my first poetry book titled, Unveiled Beauty published by Wise Ink Publishing. Our mission is to create an empowering space for women to embrace the journey of life, the power of story, and the beauty of oneself through poetry, creative self-expression, and sisterhood.
What prompted you to begin to write poetry? Or what inspires you to write poetry?
I have been writing poetry since I was 15 years old. However, as I began focusing on my corporate career and raising a family, there was no more time for writing. Over 6 years ago, when I was at a crossroads in life, I re-discovered my gift of writing. My inspiration is all around, mostly women are my muse.
How does a poem begin for you, with an idea, a form or an image?
It’s a feeling. It’s an emotion. It’s a place of aching – happiness, desire or sadness. It usually begins with emotional trigger. It’s either something I am experiencing, a memory, an article I read, or a story I heard.
Do the Internet and social media contribute to the well being of poetry?
Absolutely. Contemporary poetry is becoming a big trend especially within the spoken word category. The Internet and social media are buzzing right now with so many talented poets with many different styles of writing. This space gives artists the ability to reach a larger audience, which only helps to promote the art.
Has your idea of what poetry is changed since you began writing poems?
This is an interesting question and although so much in life and the world we live in has changed since I began writing over 25 years ago, my idea of what poetry can do and where it comes from has not. Poetry has always come from the heart. Feelings of love and heartache, life’s triumphs and tragedies… these are universal, these are timeless. Poetry gives your heart a voice and has the ability to heal.
Tell us about your process: Pen and Paper, computer, notebooks … how do you write?
Ideas pop in my head all the time. With smart phones, I typically stop what I am doing and type my initial thoughts into my phone. Then, when I get home, I’ll sit down to finish those thoughts or at least try. However, I still do use notebooks… I try to keep one handy in most places – my handbag, my car, or my bedside.
Who are some of your favorite poets?
Maya Angelou, of course. But mostly, I just love reading and hearing new poets. And I have to give a shout-out to my friends, Janaya Martin whose work is amazing. She recently published her debut poetry book titled, Tiptoe & Whisper.
What advice would you give an aspiring poet?
Keep writing. It’s who you are. Just don’t stop for anyone or anything.
What are you reading right now?
There is always a list, but I am currently re-reading the Alchemist.
What room is your favorite to write in? Or where is your favorite place for thinking?
I prefer early morning writing… quiet, very quiet so I can hear my heart. I’m usually at the dining room table.
Who was your favorite childhood author?
That was so long ago… probably Judy Blume and Shel Silverstein. Yes, I loved Shel Silverstein – funny how I never thought about that until now.
What is your favorite thing you’ve written?
That is too difficult to answer. Each poem is like a baby to me and each one comes from a different place in time or a different person or a different topic. I love them all for different reasons.
Who is your style icon?
Hands down it is the fabulous, Miss Jennifer Lopez. She can dress glamorous, sophisticated, sexy, or street and look amazing. She is captivating and exudes beauty, confidence and strength. When a woman posses such an aura, she can look stunning in anything she wears.
Where does your inspiration for fashion come from?
I am inspired by old Hollywood glamour and the late 1950’s. I love to mix what is modern with what is vintage. I’m influenced in many ways by music especially R&B, early Motown, and Doo Wop sounds. When it comes to fashion, Unveiled Beauty has a variety of looks across many different eras including today’s fashion.
How would you describe your style?
Feminine sophistication with a wink.
To learn more about Fashion Meets Poetry from Lisa Harris, you can find her at FashionMeetsPoetry.com and most importantly of all join her at her Book Launch Party on September, 30th, 2016 at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis. Check out the details on her Facebook page and RSVP via Eventbrite: www.unveiledbeautylaunch.e