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Rising Stars: Meet Reonda Thompson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reonda Thompson.

Reonda, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My story started as a teenager writing poetry. I wrote about my Dad’s addiction to drugs. I used poetry as a way to escape. Today, I use poetry to lift myself up. As well as other people. I am a survivor of rape, verbal and physical abuse and many suicide attempts.

Elaborate Poetic Expressions was created last year (2020 in June). I wanted to be a visionary, start something new, and inspire other people. I love what I do. I have been writing all my life. I started writing poetry at age 17. I want to use my gift to bring people together one poem at a time.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, this road has been difficult. I have been through a lot of traumatic experiences. Being raped, being in abusive relationships, and not wanting to live anymore. I have also been homeless and in many psych wards. Everyday is a fight, but I push past it because it’s a reason I am alive. I am grateful and blessed.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I write poetry. In almost every genre. In a vivid, powerful way. I write about love, my children, women’s empowerment, death (losing a loved one), holidays, graduations, inspiration. What makes me different is that you can get a personalized, unique poem from me that will never be duplicated. If you want to talk about the first time you met your wife or husband, I can do that if you want to talk about a vacation or losing someone you loved. I can do that. Just had a baby? I can write a poem for that. I work 24/7. I never close, and I love people! I consider myself to be the People’s Poet.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Staying true to your beliefs and moral values. I also believe in being honest about who you are and where you come from is very important. I am a woman, African American, strong, loving, kind, and wise. Yes, I have overcome a lot of pain and hardships, but I am not ashamed. It’s important to remember where you come from and what you went through.


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