M.H. Freeman was born and raised in Waldorf, MD and currently resides in Spotsylvania, VA.
He is a spotlit poet and poetry tag editor on Tumblr and frequent performer at Commonwealth Slam in Fredericksburg, VA.
What do your fans mean to you?
Readers in general are wonderful and necessary, but fans take the author-reader relationship to an entirely new level. Fans are the lifeblood of my writing, and a lot of the time we become friends.
The thing is, It took quite a while for me to feel comfortable sharing my voice. I've spent years and years avoiding writing of any kind simply so I had nothing to hide. When I decided to publish some of my past work on a blog, the response was astounding.
In less than a year, I've gone from recluse to baby-blogger to a leader within the community. I'm an editor of the #poetry tag on Tumblr, a Spotlit blog for #poetry, and an integral and/or founding member of several other blogs which curate and broadcast the voices of thousands of others.
I couldn't have achieved anything I have without first having the support and energy that my fans have so generously provided; I would have swallowed myself in doubts.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Text messages from friends, on most days, and the search to experience something I can't put into words, on the rest.
Tying together the recurring elements of a decade in reflection, this debut book from acclaimed poet M.H. Freeman — Before I Leave — elucidates the cyclicism of life while depositing a positive outlook in stressed and sullen hearts.