my name is
Rosabelle and I
have always been scared of fire.

So it made absolutely no sense for me to baptize my first book of poetry by burning it. Then again, a lot of things don’t make sense to me — which is why I write. There’s something about words, they just seem to know exactly what is going on. Oh, and I have no patience. This might explain why I started writing poetry when I was six years old. What in a skinny little curly-haired girl’s name was I trying to make sense of at such a young age, you ask? Well, not much really. I mostly filled in blank greeting cards my mother used to leave on my bed, as she felt I could say Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas better than Hallmark. Thanks Mom.

So now you know how the pen got stuck in my righthand, and the two have since never parted! Except for when I go to the bathroom, but that does not happen often. Anyhoo — after repeated revamps of the whole “you belong to the zoo” and “wishing peace to you and yours”, I started to write about life. These poems were published in my collections of poetry Beyond Insanity (2005) and Spiel di mi Alma (Mirror of My Soul, 2010). The short stories came later and were first written in college. When several of those pieces were published in international journals, I decided to accumulate them in my third book TITLE (2016). Most recently, I co-authored a multilingual children’s book Hearty (2018). Nowadays, I also write words for other people’s voices — because they asked, and I am notoriously bad at saying no. So, I came up with a modest name for my company and, in 2019, I was hired by illest content development. 

" My goal is to transform sporadic inspiration into sustained awareness "

the blur

My work usually explores topics and aspects of life I do not understand. Meditation and sporadic moments of zero state bring about inspiration clarifying the blur. By receiving inspiration to subsequently produce, I educate myself. This is the reason I always say it is my inspiration that inspires me. With every work of art, I become more curious as to what the truth of the following moment will become. By refraining myself from fanatical closure, I practice flexibility. The goal, of course, is to transform sporadic inspiration into sustained awareness.

My brain holds a BA in psychology and a minor in English Literature from Webster University and an MSc in Social and Organizational Psychology from Leiden University. My body is 32 years old and my soul enjoys drinking green iced tea, listening to music (any kind except the ones that make my head hurt), travel (anywhere except where it’s cold), hold discussions (about anything except things that I understand) and eat (anything except spicy food). Getting anything for free makes me unreasonably happy, my mother and I are trying to rectify this matter.