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An Interview with BGPS Volume 3 Winner Marjai Cooks!

Updated: May 17, 2023

Tell us a little about yourself! How old are you and where are you from? What’s a fun fact about your hometown?

Hi my name is Marjai Cooks. I am 27 years old and from Las Vegas NV. One fun fact about Vegas is that there is always something to do. I love to travel, shop, and try new foods. In my free time, I’m always down for cardio!

When did you realize you had a love for art/poetry and writing?

When I joined Dr. Riley's English class at The College of Southern NV.

Do you have any published works? If so, tell us about them!


Who and what has been an inspiration for you during your writing/poetry journey? What motivates you to keep creating during such difficult times?

Dr. Riley played a big role in my journey. She pushed me week by week to become a better writer, to write period! I have now learned to express myself in depth not only verbally but through a pen as well.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of your day job?

Aside from traveling, I like to do everything and anything that requires fun! I currently have a thing for Disneyland.

What are some of your favorite books and who are some of your favorite writers?

A Child Called It is my all-time fave. Steve Harvey and Oprah are my favorites. Also Mrs. Obama if I had a top three.

What was your experience like being a part of this contest/publication?

A chance to be heard.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Never give up. To write is to journal. To journal is to negotiate life on a pen and pad.

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