Deborah Hauser ’99, ’05 completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Stony Brook University while working full time at an insurance company. After graduation, she stayed connected to Stony Brook by teaching writing classes at the university.
In an interview with SB Matters, she discusses what she will be doing in her new role as Poet Laureate and shares her writing process, what she loved most about Stony Brook, and advice for students aspiring to write poetry. She also describes the feeling of reading her work in front of others. “Reading in front of an audience is like a performance. It’s funny; I can practice reading my poems a million times, but they come out differently once I’m up there. There is something about the room’s energy and being in front of people that you can’t rehearse.”
Hauser is secretary of the Suffolk County Chapter of the National Organization for Women, a board member of the Long Island Poetry & Literature Repository and an editor at Poetrybay, an online poetry magazine. As Poet Laureate, she is excited to continue hosting poetry readings in Babylon Village and to support the poetry community in any way she can.
Read the full interview on SB Matters.