Inspirational Women Series: Author Gladys Dae Weeks

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The author of my favorite poetry book, Poetic Imagery: A Journal of Love. Gladys Dae Weeks is a Brooklyn native and a retired educator (who has four degrees) with thirty-six and a half years as a Special Education Teacher, Teacher-Trainer, Special Education Supervisor, and Assistant Principal. This interview is hands down one of the most educational interviews I have done. I have learned so much from this interview. You don't want to miss out on the great advice Gladys Dae Weeks shares with us.

What inspired you to write poetry?

As a child I was always intrigued by the songs of the fun games we used to play, ie: Miss Mary Mack. I liked the rhythm and rhyme of them. I started writing a bit and it just grew.  

What is your favorite poem from your book Poetic Imagery: A Journey of Love?

My favorite poem is “Love Comes Softly.”  Love often “creeps up” on us before we are aware of it.

What do you do when you have writer's block?

I mostly write when something comes to mind, so I don’t often suffer from writer’s block.  If I feel my words aren’t flowing, I just stop and continue at a later time.  I write for pleasure so I’m not tied to any time constraints.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is J. California Cooper.  If you haven’t read any of her work, please put it on your to-do list.  Her work is amazing.  I don’t hear many people reference her work, which is a shame.  It is extremely powerful. 

How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing since I was a child.  I started writing poetry in my teens, however mostly silly, young girl stuff.  As I grew older, I started taking it more seriously.  

Do you write any other genres?

I write children’s books, short stories and novellas, however, this is the first time I published my work.

What advice would you give a new writer?

If anyone is interested in becoming a writer, I would advise them to write every day, take writing courses, and if possible major in journalism in college.  This will give them a solid base and necessary skills needed to enhance their writing.  I would also encourage them not to wait decades to publish their work!  I’ve been writing for six decades and just published for the first time.  I missed out on the opportunity to expose our children to books that reflect who they are.

What advice would you give other women when it comes to achieving their goals?

Women are more powerful than they give themselves credit.  I implore women to not second-guess themselves and go after what they want.  Also, don’t wait for someone to open doors for you; open your own door.  Education is the key to success, so no matter what field you want to peruse, learn all you can about it so you can be the best.  

If you could give your younger self advice what would it be?

If I could give my younger self advice it would be to set goals and keep true to the goals set.  I always said that I would publish my work, and never did until now.  Another goal that I set was to get my PhD, again something I didn’t do.  I had the time and means to do both of these, but didn’t.  If you don’t stick to your goals, you will live with regrets.  

What is your favorite book?

“The Matter Is Life,” by J California Cooper is my favorite book.  However, I love all of her books.

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