“Poetry is my outlet, my voice, my pride, my peace of mind, and a path to my soul.” ~ Stacy Savage
Stacy Savage – a name destined for glory. Fitting for a Hollywood movie star, chart-topping singer, or famous author. But, fame is not what Stacy seeks. She prefers to quietly change the world with her words and books that helps charities.
I first met Stacy when she started an anthology to benefit a place in our hometown that we both love: Mounds State Park. We are both Poets of Madison County which happens to be her next book project.
I am honored to feature Stacy as the April Hoosier Author. The timing is perfect because it is National Poetry Month and she is one of the best poets I know! I hope you check out her work and spread the word about Poetry Contests for a Cause!
Stacy Savage with a wolf from Wolf Creek Habitat – a recipient of proceeds from one of her books.
Q & A with Poet Stacy Savage
When did you start writing poetry?
I started writing poetry in 1999 after my sister passed away. Writing helped take my mind off the pain I was feeling.
Why do you write poetry?
I write poetry because it gives me a voice. I am a quiet person but when I write, I feel like I can really express myself. I feel like I can say so much through my poetry. It also calms me if I have a lot on my mind. Poetry is my outlet, my voice, my pride, my peace of mind, and a path to my soul.
What was your first poem?
My first poem was “From an Eagle’s View” and is my most popular poem to date. It has been used for many venues, including children’s school projects, in children’s yearbooks, on the hood of a race car from the nonprofit organization Racin4wheelchairs, in the Indiana Istep test, in a skydiver’s funeral, in a bald eagle exhibit at a wildlife refuge, and on many websites. It is the only one of my poems that I have memorized.
What is your favorite poem?
I would say my favorite poem is “A Butterfly Through the Storm” because that is the longest poem I have ever written. It is 96 lines and I feel like my voice came out loud and clear in that poem. The poem is not about me but about someone very close to me who was abused by her boyfriend at the time. The poem gives a window to those in abusive relationships and lets them know that they are not alone and they can live a better life if they break free from the person holding them back. I am honored that Kathy is including the poem in her forthcoming book, Break the Cycle Volume III.
Where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is on my couch at home. When something pops in my head, I grab some paper, sit down and start writing the flow of words wandering through my mind. Sometimes it takes me a while to write a poem and other times I can write one in just a few minutes.
What is the last book you finished reading?
The last book I read was my anthology, “‘Tis the Season: An Anthology of Christmas Poems”, which I published last November.
If you could spend the day with any poet from now or the past who would it be and why?
I would say I would spend the day with my husband, who is a poet. I love him dearly and enjoy spending time with him. I especially love it when he says poems to me that comes from the top of his head and from his heart — that warms mine.
What made you get into writing poetry for charities?
I wanted to give poets another reason to write poetry. Not only are they writing to express themselves, but at the same time, they are helping a good cause with their words. I enjoy writing and reading poetry and I enjoy helping good causes. I thought: Why not tie the two together?
What are the books you have published and the associated charities?
That would take a while so I will just list the last three that are still available for purchase. The other books are no longer in print.
Naturally Yours: Poems and Short Stories about Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs, selected and edited by Stacy Savage and Kathy Chaffin Gerstorff. The book benefits Indiana Natural Resources Foundation’s “Discovering the Outdoors Fund“.
What is your next book project?
I am currently working on a book project called “Poets of Madison County”, with Janine Pickett, editor and publisher of Indiana Voice Journal. The book is expected to be published in Summer 2016. The publication will showcase the talented poets who reside, or once resided, in Madison County, Indiana.
Where can we connect with you?
I have a Facebook page, Poetry Contests for a Cause, where I post my calls for submissions and poetry contests.