Interview: Heather Kori

Today we’re joined by Heather Kori. Heather is a phenomenal poet who also occasionally writes short stories. According to the bio on her website, she’s a student at university in Canada and is a fierce intersectional feminist. Heather writes about a variety of things. They’re incredibly passionate and dedicated to writing, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I am a writer, specifically writing poetry and occasionally short story. My poems focus mostly on mental health, asexuality, and other things.

What inspires you?

People, my life, and my experiences. As someone who identifies as mad that greatly influences my writing. Lately I’ve been writing about being happy from a mad experience/perspective

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been writing poetry since I was young, my parents got me into it because they both wrote as a hobby. I always wanted to be an author but I never thought it would be a possibility though recently I’ve decided to pursue it more intensely.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Honestly, if it’s there I don’t know about it or do it purposefully. I think everyone has something in their work that makes it theirs whether conscious or not.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Do it. Do whatever it is that you love doing. Pursue it restlessly and you’ll get something back eventually.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as demi-grey-asexual with a preference for women and non-binary folks, as well as demi-greyaromantic. Which is overly complicated so I just use “queer”

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Not yet, but I’m not popular outside of queer circles (my friends, mostly).

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That is not a real thing or it is related to my mental health.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

You are valid in your feelings, you can make it through this, there are other people like you, and you will find them. (If you are in the Toronto area there’s multiple ace groups!)

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Either my WordPress (heatherkori.wordpress.com or my Facebook: heather kori poetry and writing). Any likes or follows are appreciated but not necessary.

Thank you, Heather, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

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