We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Khayat and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sara, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is the only thing people pay for. Honestly, I’d prefer not to take risks. I’m an overthinker, so risk is exhausting. In poetry we are always asked “What’s at stake in this poem?” Does something always have to be at stake? Is our worth determined by whether everyone is on the edge of their seat deciding to root for us?

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel like most of my life and my decisions so far have been driven by my creativity. I can’t focus on a textbook long enough to be anything other than a creative. Art is the only thing that makes sense to me. I can relate to stories, I can understand feelings, but ask me about photons and I’m out. I think I’m most proud of the community I’ve found over the last decade. It’s an exceptional feeling to be seen and supported. I can give my mind and my art to a moment. Intimacy is probably the most important aspect of my work. I’ll have a dream and write a poem about it and then send it to the person I dreamt about. I don’t care if that poem ever gets published or sent off into the world. I gave it to the person it was intended for, so it has fulfilled its purpose. I just want to capture those moments that we stare at and wish we could stay in forever.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man. Honestly, I don’t really like going out or crowds or anything. I’ll just give them the key to my apartment so they can go do whatever they want. We’d probably just hang out at my place or in my car. Play video games (Katamari), and eat Tito’s Tacos or Skaf’s Lebanese Cuisine (shoutout!). Oh, and Tequila.

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Mike Hetzler

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