We had the good fortune of connecting with Gina Loring and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gina, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I think resilience is key. I operate from the mindset that for every closed door, there are three open windows. It’s just a matter of paying attention, being resourceful, and knowing when to shift directions. Not all ideas or projects work, but sometimes a dead end just means there’s a new idea or project seeking to be revealed. I make it a habit to stay grounded in faith that what is meant for me will be, and my job is to just keep moving forward.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a poet, my goal is to be an open vessel for the message and meaning seeking to come through. I try not to force it, but to write from a place of complete honesty, integrity and surrender. There are so many complex and deeply troubling things happening in the world, and writing is a processing and healing tool for me. To quote James Baldwin, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” Writing poetry provides me with a platform to express what I observe, feel, and want to contribute to the conversation. My poetry comes from generational and communal frustration, pain, sorrow, rage, grief, trauma, and a million other things that are better served transformed and transmuted into art. Being an artist has challenges, but I’ve learned that, while it may sound cliche, staying the course, being true to yourself and your values, and believing that your voice and your art are worthy to be heard makes all the difference.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
What I love about LA is the beach, hiking spots, and beautiful scenic areas. If I were playing tour guide, I would definitely go to the beach in Malibu or Venice, Temescal Canyon or Griffith park for a hike, have some authentic Mexican food at El Coyote, and hit up a rooftop party downtown. Live music at the Hollywood bowl, rollerskating at World on Wheels, and a poetry and Jazz night in Leimert Park would also be on the itinerary.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My friend Dr. Lisa Upshaw is a wonderful Chinese medicine doctor, holistic practitioner and acupuncturist. Her knowledge of the chakras, nutrition, and emotional wellness practices have been super helpful on my journey.
Photos by Karol “Bfly” Pabon