Q&A: Haley Harvey (12)


Haley Harvey (12) talks about her writing, inspirations and overcoming obstacles. She started writing in the sixth grade.

Radosav Mihajlovic

Q: When did you start to write?

A: Recreationally, I started in the sixth grade, and professionally, I started last year, my junior year.

Q: What is your writing about?

A: It varies, but mostly I do poetry pieces.

Q: Are people ever surprised when they find out you write?

A: Most definitely. I do not think that a lot of people think that I have that deep bone in me.

Q: Do you plan on furthering your education with writing?

A: Yes. That is what I am going to school for. I am going to school at Columbia College in Chicago.

Q: Does writing help you cope with the stresses of day to day life? If so, how?

A: It definitely gives me some kind of clarity for this world that we live in.

Q: What do you do when you get creative blocks?

A: I meditate and I like to do yoga. I also like to listen to classical music as loud as I can, and it definitely loosens the whole block process.

Q: Where do you go and what do you do to get inspiration for your writing?

A: For inspiration I like sitting, which is super weird, but I stay up really late. I like all of my lights off and my mind clears and everything comes together, especially behind my four walls.

Q: Who is your biggest inspiration for writing?

A: Amy Kaur. She is one of my favorite poets, and I like how she words things and she is a very deep, creative person. I definitely stem a lot of my writings off of hers.