EV•O•LU•TION Presents: Alyea Pierce

With our event just a couple weeks away, we wanted to introduce you to some of our artists participating and get an inside look at their perspective on revision and what that means to their craft. Alyea Pierce, one of the poets who will be creating work for ev•o•lu•tion, had the following to say on the subject:

Revision is part of the writing process. We revise our work after we have selected an idea to write about, completed necessary research, organized the information, decided on what to write about, and then written a first draft. The purpose of the first draft is not to write something complete or perfect–but to release your soul on paper. To allow yourself to be open. Revision can transform an ordinary piece of poetry, into something that can make your audience taste, smell, see, cry, and most of all, feel.

Art is ever evolving. It is a living and breathing entity. The goal of revision is not to make your writing perfect, because you can always revise your work. The goal is to create something that allows you to share all of yourself and give your best work.

I believe that revision is one of the most creative aspects of the writing process, providing you take a break after writing the first draft. The first draft is merely just a blueprint.

She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @AlyeaSpeaks