Anyone who thinks that one woman alone can't make a difference clearly hasn't met Kooky Tuason. The performance poetry artist, advocate, and educator has been a dynamic symbol of individuality and womanity ever since the early days of her radio show Bigkas Pilipinas and the release of her Romancing Venus records.

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And with Picket Lines: Dialogues Between Eves, Among Eves and For Eves, a book that contains 100 evocative photos of women with poems written on their bodies, Kooky is tearing down more walls, clearing the way for every woman who aspires to be more than whom society wants her to be. Get to know more about Kooky and her book project in our exclusive interview below:

What did you set out to do when you first started Picket Lines?
To impact the lives of so many using the power of words.

Was there anything in particular that inspired you to create the coffee table book?
I’m constantly thinking of ways to further promote poetry and women empowerment.

How did you choose the women to be included in the book?
I had diversity in mind.

Can you share with us one of the most gratifying experiences you had while creating the book?
Hearing naked truths about everyone’s struggles turned triumphs.

Why did you choose the Women's Crisis Center in particular as the book's beneficiary?
It is my personal cause to support survivors of abuse.

What was the last book you read?
Currently reading Joseph Heller’s God Knows.

Who are your female role models?
Anais Nin, Sarah Kay, Oprah.

What's the best advice you've heard lately?
Just be.

What's the best advice you've given?
Use your words to bless.

To purchase “Picket Lines: Dialogues Between Eves, Among Eves and For Eves,” email mina@yonzon.com. You can also follow Picket Lines on Facebook and Twitter.

(Image courtesy of Kooky Tuason)




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