Hi there! Many of you are probably discovering me from my poetry Instagram account, or maybe you’ve seen my work floating in literary journals or blogs across the internet. Wherever you’re from, I’m glad you’re here!
I’m Kendra Nuttall and I’ve been writing since I was 11 years old. In sixth grade, my class had weekly (sometimes more if I begged) writing time where I wrote short stories for my classmates. I realized I had a knack for storytelling and writing quickly shined as my biggest talent. I remember my sixth grade teacher, Mr. Stavros, saying he knew he would see my name on a book someday.
Ever since then, publishing a book has been my dream. I wrote my first novel at the age of 12, but don’t expect to ever read it. It was a total rip-off of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars — my obsessions at the time (still are).
It wasn’t until I was 19 that I started writing poetry. For most of my life, I thought I hated poetry. It came across as pretentious and inaccessible. I thought you could only get published if you had an MFA degree, a lot of money, or were friends with the right people. I didn’t think I fit in with the poetry crowd, and besides, I wanted to be the next J.K. Rowling, not Sylvia Plath.
As embarrassing as it is, I started writing poetry because my boyfriend (now husband) also wrote poetry. Lo and behold, his poetry wasn’t pretentious! I realized there was an entire world of amazing poetry that I had never been exposed to. He showed me Buddy Wakefield, Scott Poole, Rob Carney, Anne Sexton, and yes, the great Sylvia Plath.
Think about your high school English class. Chances are you studied William Carlos William’s “The Red Wheelbarrow,” or Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” Now think about your average teenager. These poems meant nothing to me at 16 years old, and because this was some of the only poetry taught in school, I missed out on so many wonderful writings.
I learned that poetry is not just rhyming. It’s not just archaic language like, “thee,” and “thine.” It’s not all about love, it’s not all about heartbreak. Sometimes it’s about something as simple as going to a convenience store, and you get to unpack the million layers of meaning within the words.
I majored in English with an emphasis on creative writing at Utah Valley University in 2018. I got to work with and learn from some fantastic writers, including Rob Carney, Kara van de Graaf, Brock Jones, and many more.
Over the years I’ve worked as a freelance writer and ghostwriter, student staff editor for Salt Lake Community College’s Folio, founder and editor of Little Rose Magazine, writer for travel blog Penh Pals, and as a copywriter for Tranont, Brizo Pure, and Jane.
Poetry is my passion, but I also love copywriting, creative nonfiction, and fantasy fiction.
I currently live and work in Utah with my husband, David, and dog, Belle. When I’m not writing, I’m watching reality TV, playing video games, traveling, cuddling with my dog, or dreaming of getting more pets.
Thanks for stopping by and getting to know me!