Episode 264: For the Love of Poetry — Interview with Marybeth Niederkorn

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Hey there word nerds! Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to our guest, the award-winning journalist, essayist, and poet Marybeth Niederkorn.

In this interview, we talk about her first full-length poetry collection, Times Knew Roamin’, and how she used poetry to capture emotion and mental space. We also teaching writing and how to use poetic structure to unleash your creativity.

In this episode Marybeth and I discuss:

  • How traveling can affect the writing process.
  • Using poetry to capture a mental space.
  • How poetry can reflect meaning in a way unique from prose.
  • The beauty of structure to push your creativity.
  • The importance of grammar (and why it’s not as much as you think).  
  • How to use writing to build community.

Plus, her #1 tip for writers.

About the Author

Marybeth Niederkorn’s work has appeared in The Gasconade Review, Trailer Park Quarterly, Red Fez, and others. A Southeast Missouri native, her work is expressive of her background and roots while still managing to be kind of hilarious.

Educated at Southeast Missouri State University, she holds degrees in philosophy and in professional writing, and makes her living as a copywriter for Recruiters Websites. She and her husband Dave live in rural Missouri. Her first full-length poetry collection, Times Knew Roamin’, which we’ll be discussing today.

To find out more about Marybeth Niederkorn and her writing, check out her website, or follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Times Knew Roamin’

This is not your grandmother’s poetry book.

Times Knew Roamin’ will take you on a journey down the narrow, winding Highway 32W. Along the way you’ll visit Bugs Bunny in drag, the unpublished Rene Descartes musical, and students who just can’t get their fonts right. You’ll also experience the weight of broken lives being rebuilt, finding strength where there wasn’t any before, and the joy of watching someone succeed.

Times Knew Roamin’ is a poetry collection made for someone who just likes to read, no poetry background necessary.

If you decide to check out the book, we hope you’ll do so via this Amazon affiliate link, where if you choose to purchase via the link DIY MFA gets a referral fee at no cost to you. As always, thank you for supporting DIY MFA!

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