Carmen A. Kraela

The Creative Visionary

https://www.facebook.com/thecreativevisionary/
My love and passion for the written word, for the power of language and communication, has led me to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Minor in Russian from the University of South Carolina, a school that graced me with cum laude honors. My intention was born out of an immense appreciation for language as a powerful means of communication, a vital and indispensable component of human life. Studying language and culture, augmented my appreciation for the complexity and importance of language and the written word as a whole in the context of not only human life but also societal reality. When I was a child, my favorite toy was a movie projector. I was fascinated with the process of storytelling and loved being the narrator. For me, however, it wasn’t just about the words and how the words were precisely spoken and carefully chosen, but also about the visual art accompanying the words, in other words the experience as a whole, which fascinated me. As an undergraduate student, I received an invitation to study and critique foreign film. It was really during this time period, when writing compositions of film critique and analysis that I began to grow a deeper love for the written word out of which an interest in the English language as a medium of expression was born. I can safely say that I fell in love with the English language and couldn’t since then part away from this burning love. In August of 2017, a dear friend asked me a great and important question. As a result of that question, I decided it was really time to give myself entirely to the written word and to honor the artistic talent I have in me, put aside the other projects, focus entirely on my writing, and to simply leap forward wholeheartedly and never look back again. In a time period of only three months, I wrote over seventy poems, created and maintained a Facebook page dedicated to the arts and my poetry, known as “The Creative Visionary,” wrote and published several articles, and was selected as a winning contestant of a writing competition involving the opera "Andrea Chenier" which took me to Milan, Italy and El Teatro Alla Scala in January of 2018. These realizations of my life may be reason to feel a certain humble degree of accomplishment, but the love I possess not only for poetry and the written word but for all the arts surpasses any realization I could ever attain in my life. In February of 2018, I received my first book publishing proposal from America's oldest publishing house. In October of 2018, I decided to sign the contract. In my free time, I love to sketch, ink, draw, read, learn, research, listen to classical music, create, spend time in nature, and experiment with words. When it comes to writing, my poetry writing is very closely linked to outstanding music and fantastic visual art, both which serve as major sources of inspiration and influence in my life. I have many artists I adore, but two of my absolute favorites are the Russian artist Michael Cheval and the English artist John William Waterhouse. Two of my favorite composers of music are the Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski and the German composer Hans Zimmer, both composers of film scores, and composers like Dvorak, Wagner, Paganini, Rossini, Schubert, Vivaldi, Korsakov, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, to name just a few. When it comes to literature the list would be too long, but I will state that I deeply love the romantics and that my favorite poet happens to be a poetess and her name is Emily Dickinson not because I could necessarily classify her as a romantic but because I can classify her as a relentless realist. In summary, I am a woman that believes in the power and beauty of authentic artistic expression, in the idea that dreams can be attained with perseverance and passion, in the power to be a positive influence in the world. I am also a woman that highly supports the idea that it's never too late to change the direction of your life and do what you absolutely love. Lastly, I desire to close this introduction by stating that I truly believe that my goal in inspiring and challenging the hearts and minds of people I encounter all around the world is truly the greatest accomplishment I will ever attain as a writer. This is why I write and love writing, the most. It's about people, about making a difference, about touching hearts as I pour out my own. From the heart, Carmen A. Kraela (a.k.a Carmen A. Cisnadean - the name my book will be published under)  
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The Quiet Corner

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Letter Of Tears To The Bald Eagles

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Despite The Storm

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A Poetess’ First Flight

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