Mary Kennedy Eastham, M.A., MFA has had the good fortune of growing up in a small New England town. She spread her wings and moved to New York City, San Francisco and Malibu which is where many of her stories took shape.
Her book, The Shadow of a Dog I Can’t Forget, now in its Fifth Printing, was a 2011 WILD CARD winner in the Hollywood Book Festival and a 2010 Celebrity Achiever Award winner by the National League of American Pen Women. Her poem ‘Points of Love’ a Top Ten winner in the
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
My first grant from you meant EVERYTHING to me! (I have received two - YAY!) There was a shift in my belief in myself. I KNEW I was a writer.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
I'm an ambitious creative artist. I'm a published author of two books - The Shadow of A Dog I Can't Forget and Squinting Over Water - Stories. I am the creator of two online courses: 30 Poems in 30 Days (PoWriMo) Prompts to Keep You Writing and How to Add Poetry's Pop To Your Writing. I see my life as a big artistic project. I Guest Blog monthly about writing. I challenge myself every day to be the best writer I can be. I genre hop from poetry to short stories to novel writing. I send my work out regularly to contests, winning many of them. I'm finishing up my novel The Girl With Sand in Her Hair and my book of poetic stories Beautiful Angel Goddess.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Passion and talent are a given for any creative field so have your way with your art. Work hard every day. Study the best so you can be that one day, too. And never give up. You'll get there, You will...