FHC Inspires Q&As 2023: Anneke Anglin

Position: Speaker

Title: “Lost Moth” (spoken poetry)

Why did you apply to be a speaker?

“I remember seeing FHC Inspires last year, and I have not previously been super [fond] of speaking, but I wanted to both [to] strengthen that as a skill, and I felt I have a unique set of experiences and ideas I really wanted to get out [into] the world.”

How are you feeling about speaking at FHC Inspires?

“I am really excited for everyone to hear what I have prepared, but I am also scared because I have nerves when there are a lot of people looking at me. I start shaking and forgetting things, but I’ve practiced this a lot, so I think it’s gonna be pretty good.”

What was the process of perfecting your speech?

“So mine’s different because mine’s a poem, so it’s gone through a few revisions, but it stays the same most days. But if there’s been lines taken and edited out, it has to go to a place where I’ve been working on the message and the theme I’m trying to get across. There [are] some nuances to it, and I want to make sure that everything I have to say is clear.”

What does your message mean to you, and what should it mean to the audience?

“My poem is about my experiences socially and how I tend to feel [as] an outcast, but I have been looking for validation in the wrong places and it’s about accepting the strength I have in myself, not relying on other people who might not always be ready to be a support in my life. I need to be more of a support for myself before I can start to have more connections with other people, and it’s inspiring not only other people to do the same and rely on themselves more, but also be willing to be the support.”

Did you ever see yourself speaking at FHC Inspires? 

“I did, yeah.”

Does your Google slide presentation reflect your topic?

“It’s so pretty. Yes. I love my slideshow.”

What’s the best time of day and why? 

“I’m a night person. Yeah. I get this burst of energy at like 10:00 p.m. where I could feel creative.”

What’s something you can’t live without?

“My friends [have to] be, I can’t, it’s my friends.”

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