Kira Tucker

Kira Tucker

Your name: Kira Tucker

Your home town: Memphis, Tennessee

Your major(s): English and Creative Writing

Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English?
Conversational Russian

What are your career plans?
Poet and educator

What is your favorite book or author and why?
Toni Morrison writes in a way that drives me to pursue a long literary life, if for no other reason than to read, re-read, and sit transfixed at her work time and time again. My favorites so far are (in order): The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Sula, and Song of Solomon.

What is your favorite word?
Like. This word always has a way of helping me amble through my occasional linguistic clumsiness. So, I’m, like, endlessly grateful for such a loyal expression in my lexicon.
Describe a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer.

Describe a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: 
Entering my very first Creative Writing workshop at Emory, I thought I understood how poetry worked. These ideas began to unravel and take new form as the semester I spent in Dr. Natasha Trethewey’s freshman seminar became the most transformative four months of my academic career. Trethewey led me to a radically reimagine how I conceptualized the craft, expanding all the realms of possibility and creative duty that accompany the role of a poet. Now, I am a proud, practicing disciple of literature, feeling, and artistic ways of seeing.