Interview With The Creator of Creative-Women.com …
B. D. Harpold
aka: Cltcgdss, Bec
Q: What prompted the idea to create a site dedicated
to lesbian authors and artists?
A: Well, I've been writing I think since before I
learned to talk, and when I discovered AOL and the Lesbian message
boards… with places to post my poetry and stories, I was in
seventh heaven so to speak. Over the past couple of years I've
made quite a few friends online, most of them also writers…
and well, they write some awesome poetry, stories, songs …and
if you're not on AOL, and don't know what corner to go look
in to read their material… you'd never see it.
I started working on a fantasy story,
and thought it would be great to put it up on the web with illustrations,
my own cyber book kind of. And the more I thought about it,
the more I thought that it would be great if someone could showcase
their work on the web in the same way, where more lesbians could
see and enjoy it … guess I'm that someone!
Q: What do you hope to achieve by going to all
this work to develop a site showcasing lesbian art and literature?
A: I don't know if I can explain it exactly. When
I go into a search engine and ask for lesbian poetry, the returns
are very small, and usually it's some woman's home page with
a couple pages of poetry tucked in along with other things in
her life she wants to share. Which is fine if you don't mind
surfing a couple hundred small sites to find some really excellent
poetry/stories written by women for women. But then there are
all the women out there who write, who have no idea how to even
put a home page onto the internet. (Heck, I didn't figure it
out 'til about a month before the site actually appeared on
There is an enormous amount of talent within the
lesbian community… I guess I just want to try to get all those
small sites, and shy poets and storytellers, to join hands and
venture onto a broader avenue of expression… the World Wide
Web… making access to their writings a little easier.
Q: You've used a single poem per page format… that takes
up a lot of MBs! Why not just put all the poems by an author
on one page without the fancy backgrounds and pictures?
A. I think pages and pages of poetry would get boring
rather quickly. I did it because it adds impact. Visuals that
add to the poetry has you wanting to see what's next.
In many instances the backgrounds and images
represent not only the poem, but something about the author/artist
as well… their personal likes, beliefs, etc. It's another little
piece of who they are and why they write. And mostly because
I want this to be an artistically pleasing site … let the words,
the format, the images …create an overall harmony that displays
their works in the best possible light. I want a reader to come
away with a positive feeling about the site, even though they
have just read a piece of poetry that ripped them down to the
very core of their soul, or made them cry, laugh, or nod in
"yeah, I can relate".
If the overall site isn't designed in
a way that it sticks in their minds once they have surfed onto
another site … they will quickly forget what they read, and
where they read it. I want them to come back, again and
again, see who's new, see what new material a beloved author
has added to the site, and continue to follow an author as they
struggle to write those chapters to a budding first novel.
We bare our souls in our words and imagery, and it's always
nice to know that someone else out there is seeing the world
through our eyes, even if it's only for a few minutes, for in
those few minutes … our lives and worlds become one.