I N T E R V I E W S
I have been fortunate enough to be interviewed a few times.
If you would like to find out more about my process, my motivation, my life,
click on the interviews below and read up on me. Thanks!
If you would like to hear me recite some poems and be interviewed by the beautiful Susan Dobbe Chase on SpokenHeard, click here. I start with a poem called "Black Boy Down" which I wrote in response to the turmoil and injustice surfacing in Ferguson, MO, after the shooting death of Michael Brown. We discuss our privilege and what our responsibilities are as artists. I also read "Constant Before Picture," which discusses my struggles with self-love and weight-loss. We discuss the journey of the soul, and my personal journey toward enlightenment from a place of darkness. I talk a bit about my book, and how I came up with the title. Finally, I end the interview reading "Practicing My Come Hither." This was a really fun interview to do!
In this August 5, 2014 article "Interview with Kai Coggin," Catherine Ghosh gets to my heart as she always does. This is an interview series highlighting a few of the writers that appear in Journey of the Heart: An Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry. Catherine asks me personal and meaningful questions that touch on my Spirituality and the role that it plays in my poetry. This is my favorite interview to date, because I am unabashedly myself.
In this July 20, 2014 article "Poet Finds Her Work Flows Well From Hot Springs," Wayne Bryan asks about my history, my education, and the background experiences that have shaped the poet and the woman that I am today. I had a really great time doing this interview with Wayne and his colleague James Joslin, finishing off with a stroll through Arlington Park and me reciting a poem from the top of the stairs to unsuspecting onlookers.
Airing October 21st-27th, I was interviewed on The Writers Divine Den with Jackie VanCampen.
She asks the question, "What if you could see below the surface with the eyes of the heart?" Join us on a beautiful journey into the soul of humanity as we discover those inklings that touch our hearts. I share some heart-moving poetry and invite you to look within. We discuss our craft and purpose as writers.
In this article, "Periscope Heart: The Revelatory Poetry of Kai Coggin" Jim Miller and Jeremy Rodgers, tap into me as a Hot Springs poet. Jim tells a bit about the poetic history of Hot Springs, my Words and Wine Dult Creative Writing Classes, and dives into the pages and poems of PERISCOPE HEART. This is a special article for me, because it was circulated in Hot Springs, my home. It was so surreal walking into places aroud town and people recognizing me from the article and asking me to autograph it!
I have gone GLOBAL. Oh my. In this interview entitled “Poetry speaks when otherwise there is silence,” London freelance journalist Emdad Rahman asks me about what is most dear to my heart; teaching the youth the importance of their voice. He asks about what inspires me to write, about my creative writing classes, how they are set-up, what motivates them, and what kind of impact I would like to make as a writer. Rahman then graciously reviews PERISCOPE HEART, after reading his personally signed copy. So grateful.
After Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, I wrote a poem for my city called "hoUSton" and it was shared by The Weather Channel. This interview came as a result of writing that meaningful poem.
Interview with NYC based magazine HocTok.
Story in the Arkansas Times about the 30th Anniversary of Wednesday Night Poetry, and me taking over as the new host. This is the longest running poetry series in the country. It is a tremendous honor for me to bring new energy while upholding this legacy of poetry in Hot Springs.