Angela Pickard Shares Truths About the Beauty of Art

For some poetry is a hobby, for Angela is it a necessity. She discovered at a young age that writing and living a life for God is vital. Through her experiences of hurt, pain, sickness and stress, she found her peace in poetry. She desires to publish a book and to always remain authentic through it all.

In her interview she talks about her childhood growing up with six other siblings, she shares how poetry became her therapy and she reminds each of us that it’s ok to be unapologetically ourselves – regardless of the naysayers. 

What experiences from your childhood shaped you into the woman you are today?

I think my childhood shaped me among other things. As a child, I had the freedom to be creative and adventurous, growing up as the fifth child of seven siblings. I was a bit of a tomboy, loving everything my four older brothers did. I always would try and tag along because what they were doing seemed more interesting, like building everything we played with. And being part of such a big family, including my dad and mom, I never quite learned how and when to jump into conversations to be heard, because I had a lot I wanted to say, but never could say it. So, most of the time, I was very quiet but attentive to everything going on around me, which is why I think I ended a lot of evenings sitting on the front porch steps talking to the elderly and listening to their stories. They had so much wisdom. I think a lot of my poems are their voices I still hear in my head, as if they're still speaking through me. But, our neighborhood was huge with many characters that I would often find myself observing and being fascinated about who they were. That neighborhood definitely shaped me. You hardly ever see those type of neighborhoods now. Now, we barely know who our next door neighbor is. But the biggest part in shaping me is my faith and deciding to give my life to Jesus at 19 years old with a determined mind to not be a hypocrite. It was my desire to always be authentic. And that's what I hope people feel when they read my poems, my authenticity. I want them to feel my words and I want to be that voice for them to say what they truly want to say, but are afraid to.

When did you know you had a passion for poetry? Tell us about that experience.

The first time I realized I had a passion for writing poems was my freshman year of college at North Carolina A&T State University, but I stopped for many years and just recently picked up the pen again. I realized writing was therapy for me. It wasn't something I wanted to do, but it was now something I had to do. I had been going through so much hurt, pain, sickness and stress. It was never ending. Being able to express it was a way of breathing for me, my time to just exhale from it all. The only way I was still standing was because God was holding me up. My strength has come through the trials and test of life. When we realize we are weak that's when we're truly strong in the Lord. God only puts His best on display.

I had been going through so much hurt, pain, sickness and stress. It was never ending. Being able to express it was a way of breathing for me,

What are some obstacles you've faced while trying to accomplish your goals?

One of the obstacles I've faced is finding the time to devote myself to writing. I want to write a book about my life since my students say my life is so interesting, among others. I have started it but haven't finished. I would also like to publish some of my poems. But being a high school teacher takes up a lot of my time and can be draining. But, I'm determined to make the time now, since it's what makes me feel alive again.

What are your current and future goals as far as your art? What are your current and future goals in general?

My current goal is to publish a book and also write a play. In general, I just want to do the things that actually make me happy. Sometimes we lose that in the chaos of trying to live and survive; doing what makes us happy.

What are some words of encouragement you'd like to give our readers?

I think it's so important for women to find their voices and speak up to be heard. Find the little girl again, with the big voice. That's who we really are, with the dreams she had. And never be afraid of how you're going to sound, because it's okay to be different and it's okay to be exactly who you are with no apologies.

To learn more about Angela visit her on Instagram, @Pickard123.