Deanna Ramirez is the creator of Eve Poetry and Eve Poetry Magazine.
Creation of Eve
In June of 2018, I selected the pen name Eve Poetry. I created a new Instagram account with this handle, and began dedicating some of my free time to writing. The pressure valve of my soul was about to blow, and Instagram was a solution for the creative outlet maintenance that I needed. The name Eve Poetry would effectively hide my identity, so that I could keep my writing a shameful little secret, too embarrassed to admit my heart’s desire (like so many other writers and creatives – you know this is true!). Sharing my poetry in this way enabled and empowered me to fully convey a message or feeling and fit my words on small square post size that is permitted on the Instagram platform. It was a natural starting point for me.
Why the name, Eve?
Why the name Eve? There are a few reasons I chose this name. The Oxford Dictionary defines the word eve as: the day or period of time immediately before an event or occasion. Seems fitting, right? Creating the Eve Poetry Instagram account was the eve of my acknowledgement. The acknowledgment that I am a writer, and that writing is what I want to do with my life.
The name Eve means to breathe or to live. Penning and sharing poetry, and writing my first novel, feels like a most fulfilling inhale and exhale. It gives me breath. Owning and acknowledging myself as a writer is me living.
Finally (and I saved the best for last), a reason that includes my husband. I met my husband in the fifth grade. We attended a small private Christian school in California (a school I only attended for two years). I was the only fifth grader at this tiny school until Reese showed up just before Christmas break. Fast forward to our sixth grade year, and it seemed like he and I were repeatedly paired together for skits and school plays. In one such play, Reese and I were selected to play Adam and Eve. Never in a thousand years would this sixth grade girl imagine she would one day marry Adam. Fortunately, Reese and I reconnected many years later as adults, and married in 2017. That’s the short version (you’re welcome!).
Eve Poetry Now
Pen names are a beautiful thing. They are cocoons, allowing for the metamorphosis of a writer or poet. A writer either reveals their identity or they find solace in their cocoon. I know many talented poets whose identities are still a secret to me. Anonymity has its perks, and many writers become published this way. Not all paths lead to the same place. For those that want to be known, I have chosen to use my website to promote their work, along with my own.
Eve Poetry Magazine is an organic evolution of my great love to support and help others. I use my social media pages, both @eve_poetry and @evepoetrygroup to create inspiration and mentor others. Becoming a published author depends largely upon marketing. I use my skills in marketing to help bring light to beautiful poetry and writing.
Everyone has a story. People who share their written stories deserve to be seen and heard. This is the heart behind Eve Poetry Magazine.
Currently, I am polishing up my first novel. I schedule reading and writing into my days, and although there are days this is tough, it’s completely worth it! Having a full time job and writing a novel requires strong time management. However, pursuing my passion is worthy of grappling such things!