V Busy with Olga Palashnyuk

 
Megan Matuzak

Megan Matuzak

Philadelphia-based writer and poet, Olga Palashnyuk, is a dreamy breath of fresh air, and we are simply gagging over her beautiful words in this exclusive interview. If you’re ready to wax philosophical, then buckle tf up. You’re in for a real treat. For our east coast babes, you’re also in for a treat as Olga will be running a breakout session at Tour in NYC.


Hey, babe. You’re kind of this cool ethereal person to us. To the folks at home tuning in, tell us a little about yourself + what you do.

I am a lover and writer of words by way of Poetry and I call myself A Poet’s Daughter’s Child. I’ve been actively writing and maintaining a poetry blog for the past 8 years and am looking to publish a series of 4 poetry books by the end of this year. The concept came to me about a year ago but I wasn’t quite ready to go to print just then. Instead, I gave myself some time and have been evolving right alongside my writing in the meantime.

It’s really about having a fear of putting yourself out there in the first place. And I guess once you do, the whole “comparison complex” may try to get in the way. But as with most things in life, you have to push through and stay true.
— Olga Palashnyuk

Love that. Tell us more about the series!

I am working towards publishing a small poetry collection by the end of this year. It will include four books under one theme (it’s all a secret!). This collection is my heart, mind, and soul on paper and sharing it with the community and anyone who will read it is what I hope to achieve. If I can impact even one soul through my writing, if I can touch a single heart, I will be happy with that.

Can’t wait. We’ll be first in line when it drops. For those not familiar with your work, what would you say is your specialty?

My specialty is using metaphors, rhythm, and rhyme to convey messages through my Poetry. I like to tell stories about things I observe, periods of time (good times and not so good times) I go through and my own personal faith as it pertains to my purpose here on Earth.

V into it. What was it like getting started as a writer/poet? Any particular struggles or setbacks?

I would have to say I’ve been my own biggest setback over the years. When I first started writing, it was my nerves and self-confidence; I was uncomfortable sharing my work with people I knew so I kept a private blog instead (something about strangers reading that made it less uncomfortable for me to share). When I finally did start sharing, I felt… liberated. Like I had found my voice and well, I haven’t been afraid to use it since then. Some of the Poems I’ve written have gotten me through some of the darkest days and moments of my life and there is strength in that. So much strength. And I’m here to share as much of it as I can.

I was uncomfortable sharing my work with people I knew so I kept a private blog instead. When I finally did start sharing, I felt… liberated.
— Olga Palashnyuk

I love that. Thanks for sharing, babe. What are some of the unique challenges of being a womxn in the writing world? Any advice you’d give to other writers?

It’s really about having a fear of putting yourself out there in the first place. And I guess once you do, the whole “comparison complex” may try to get in the way. But as with most things in life, you have to push through and stay true. And trust me, the more you do it the easier it gets!

Totally agree. So… unrelated, but related. Any womxn-centric artists or brands you’re currently obsessed with?

So this is more on the vanity side but, a few years ago I started my natural curl journey and have been inspired by so many beautiful curly-haired women along the way. @alexandra_nx is definitely in my top 3 and her curls are so poppin! If you’re also on that curl journey, check out her IG page for product reviews, hair wrap tutorials and outfit ideas! @kimdollxo and @jaymejo_ are also great hair babes.

Cool cool. Switching topics, here but you’re also speaking at Tour! Tell the fam what you’ll be speaking about.

I will be using my speaking platform on Tour to discuss my writing process and would like to share as much as I can - from where I draw inspiration to how I go about putting the words themselves down on paper, to everything in between. Be prepared to hear me get emotional while talking about my family, specifically my grandfather Anatoliy, the Poet whose daughter’s child I am. Also, rhythm and rhyme because they are the backbone of almost every poem I’ve ever written. I might even throw in a little song. Stay tuned!

Honestly can’t wait. Last q, what are you most looking forward to at Tour?

I am very much looking forward to connections with all of the boss babes and am excited to be part of the team!

Come see Olga at Pretty Thing Tour 2019 and use checkout code “OLGAP” for $20 off your General Admission ticket.

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