Bekah Steimel


Bekah Steimel comes from St. Louis, MO

How long have you been writing? My Grandparents printed and framed a couple poems I wrote in fifth grade.  So, I have always been scribbling down my thoughts. But, I kept everything to myself.  I met my wife, who was an English teacher at the time, thirteen years ago.  I gradually began showing her all of my writing, and years later I am working on a poetry interview at 2 a.m.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Honesty.  I think my willingness to fix a spotlight on my struggles…to track them.. enables me to connect with readers in a really pure and gritty way.

What projects of yours have been recently published? Since January, I’ve begun posting interviews on my website with female-identified and non-binary poets.

Where can we find your work? I have links to my publishing credits on, or you can Google me.

How do you react to rejections? I swipe it into a special rejection folder in my email.  I never read a rejection twice.

How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? Celebratory casino trip

What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? I would never advise that.  Writing is like some kind of padded room that it is safe to go bat shit crazy in.

What is your favorite book? Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body

What makes you laugh? Nothing makes me laugh harder than playing pranks on my wife. Sitting back and waiting for her reaction, trying not to laugh, is such a high for me.

What makes you cry? Missing my dog, Riley.

What is your preferred drink while you write? Up until a few weeks ago when I was diagnosed with liver damage (no, really), it was vodka and Coke. Now, it’s just Coke. L

Personal website/blog:

Profile(s): @BekahSteimel on Twitter and Instagram and bekah.steimel

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