Today we’d like to introduce you to LaLa DeVille.
Thanks for sharing your story with us LaLa. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In 2016, after coming out of an abusive marriage, I began writing poetry as an outlet to help with my healing. Writing not only brought peace and newfound normalcy to my life, it opened a whole new world for me, allowing me to meet some of the most influential and talented artists from all over. In 2016, I was a part of the Size It Up “Spoken Word Voices Heard” Women’s Poetry Slam, where I performed my poetry for the first time. Even though I took second place, it didn’t matter, being blessed with the opportunity to let my voice be heard was the only win I needed. Had it not been for Ms. Ieshya Parker providing the platform, there may not have been a LaLa DeVille, The Poet.
In 2017, I published my first book of poetry, “The Last Yesterday,” and once I began to frequent various open mics and poetry venues to promote it, I was becoming a newfound member in the poetry community.
In 2018, I was invited to Chicago, Illinois by award winning spoken word artist, Hood Raised, to be a feature for his long running poetry open mic “At Ease Sundays.” I also had the pleasure of meeting another award winning spoken word artist, Blaq Ice. During my stay in the windy city, Blaq Ice produced a track I featured on called “Beauty And Lyrical Beast” where I performed my signature piece “I Never Knew I Was A Love Poem.” I was also inducted into Blaq Ice’s poetry organization, P.O.E.T. (People Of Extraordinary Talent), where I became an active member.
I went on to write and self publish two more books of poetry, “31 Days of Mood” and “Love’s Conception.” Currently I am working on my fourth book of poetry as well as my first book of short stories.
My past experiences have taught me a lot about myself and my perspective of the world. I desire to be a vessel for motivating while showing others who have traveled a similar road as myself to see there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel, as long as you continue to keep your eye on the prize. Everyday is a process and I try to take things one day at a time, and being able to create something that will offer hope and healing for others is one of the biggest accomplishments I have been blessed with.
Has it been a smooth road?
Unfortunately, no. Once I was out of my marriage, I had a lot of trauma to sift through. There were times where I doubted my abilities, felt like I would never get to do the things I wanted to do inside my poetry. I slowly began to grow resentful and sink deeper into my dark place. I was battling severe depression and the anxiety of trying to figure my way into the poetry world was affecting my daily 9-5. After suffering a mental meltdown, I was taken off work and during that time, I was able to reflect and work on myself as I continued to write and finally step out to perform my poetry. Speaking my truth on stage gave me a new sense of freedom and hope that eventually helped build my self-esteem, allowing me to slowly pick up the pieces and move forward.
Please tell us about Everybody Radio Poetry.
Everybody Radio Poetry is an independent radio station dedicated to poetry and literary works. In 2010, it started out as an internet radio station showcasing independent music artist, but after putting it on hiatus from 2015-2017, I decided to revamp it into a radio station revolving around the art of poetry and spoken word.
Everybody Radio Poetry created the online open mic, “The Exquisite Spit Poetry Hour” and the “The New Poetry Movement,” a production documenting the performances of various poets and spoken word artist while on location. Everybody Publishing is an extension of Everybody Radio Poetry, a small press I created to self published my books of poetry and the works of other poets such as Tamara Lindsey and Samuel Rain. Future literary works will be added to the Everybody Publishing catalog.
I am most proud of my ability to provide a platform for other poets and writers to showcase their talents. Everybody Radio Poetry is more than just a radio station. It is a place that goes above and beyond to give artists hope and inspiration to create, speak their minds through their writing and strengthen their craft. It is a voice for those who have yet to find theirs and I plan on growing my brand to prove that poetry is an art that is just as important as music, dance, comedy and visual art. Poetry and writing is NOT just a hobby and Everybody Radio Poetry is the one to let that be known.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely. The Los Angeles area is a great place to continue building my brand. I do believe it to be a great place for anyone who is looking to get into all sorts of creative spaces. There’s a plethora of galleries, workshops, stages and open mics giving artists of all levels a place to grow and fellowship with likeminded artists. There are so many great venues throughout the the Los Angeles Metropolitan area and I would love to see more poetry venues in the South Bay area of Long Beach. Maybe that will be another project for myself, working toward making that vision come to life.
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