Prompt to Page with Robin LaMer Rahija

A JCPL librarian interviews published writers about their favorite writing prompts—exercises that can help inspire, focus, and improve your creative writing. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, a novelist, essayist, or poet, you’ll find ideas and advice to motivate you to keep writing. 

Brought to you in partnership with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

Listen to Episode 31

If you’re a writer who works another job to make a living, poet Robin LaMer Rahija has some advice for you. “I think ideas and thoughts and little tiny chunks of motivation come to all of us throughout the day,” she says. “Just stop and write them down and save them for later. And get in the habit of not ignoring that impulse toward a creative act.”

Robin says her favorite writing prompt “feels like a dare” and is especially helpful “when you want to do something new and crazy.” Up for a challenge? Listen below!

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About Robin LaMer Rahija

Robin LaMer Rahija

Robin LaMer Rahija is originally from Kansas City, MO and has lived in Kentucky for over a decade. She received her MFA from the University of Kentucky, where she is currently the Department Manager Associate in the Department of English.

In 2010, she co-founded and edited Rabbit Catastrophe Press, a handbound, feminist, book arts micropress. In 2015, she co-founded Workhorse Writers Collective, a publishing and education platform for poets outside of academia.

Her poems have appeared in Puerto Del Sol, FENCE, Guernica, and elsewhere. Inside Out Egg is her first full-length book, published by Variant Lit in April 2024.