René Boudreau writes: I am an African Nova Scotian woman on a journey to learning more, loving more and laughing more. I enjoy travelling because it gives me the opportunity to learn more about myself, expand my thinking and give new perspective on life. I also love spending time with my family and friends. In 2015, I graduated from Dalhousie University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Law and Society, and I currently work as a Program Coordinator at a family resource centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I’ve been writing since a young age, using poetry as an outlet for healing and self-expression. I usually don’t share my poems, but as I’m getting older and growing more confident in my gifts and abilities, I’m realizing the importance of contributing my voice and lived experiences. The focus of my poetry is primarily on the topics of self-love, relationships, race and gender.
“Imagine” is my first poem to be submitted and published. This poem captures the realness of racism in Nova Scotia, using both personal experiences and experiences shared by others.
I am in the process of writing my first poetry book which will be published in the near future.