larisa, a bored teenager in 1982, was encouraged by her poetress mother (an'ya) to start writing, which she did; later on, larisa was influenced by an English teacher to further her abilities.
larisa then went on to work for her high school yearbook, was a photo-journalist, and sports-writer on her school newspaper for two years. She had an epic poem published in a literary collection entitled the 'laurel wreath'.
larisa says . . .
"Hands down, my favorite poet who has inspired me, is Ella Wheeler Wilcox, and I also like James Whitcomb Riley. At one time, I was planning to publish my poems, but somehow life, and the need to work everyday to pay bills, took priority, and as everyone knows, that can be years of your life, taking drastically away from one's creativity. Spare time becomes a commodity, and that is where I have been for more than a decade.
Recently though, since my mother's renewal of artistry, and my recent move to a more rural residence, I have become interested in haiku and tanka, but have only written a few to share at 'haigaonline' . . . larisa, Westfir, Oregon.
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