We had the good fortune of connecting with Callan Fuqua and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Callan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to start a group that someone could feel confident in sharing personal works in. Be it from a poem written on a gross napkin or from works that took years to make.

Entertainment and art can be deceptive places with phony atmosphere or unfeeling environments. I didn’t want that.

Through trial and error, I’ve been able to create a foundation for what Deadbeat Poets Society is. A place to learn, to share and to thrive.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
To pay the bills, I’ve kept my current job working in Healthcare insurance for the past 4 years now. It’s not the most glamorous of jobs but it has taught me about human kindness. The most positive and negative sides of people in the world.

My passion for writing and art came at a very young age. Some of my most positive memories is staying up late with my family and watching old movies. Or even sitting in libraries and learning about old writers.

Writing for me is like shedding dry skin, dehydrated in the sun. It’s necessary and it needs to come out of me. I was diagnosed with PTSD from being raped a few years ago and I’ve always struggled with my mental health. Being able to share a poem allows people to take a step inside what it’s like to be in my world when talking isn’t enough. That’s what matters.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Lots of places! I love Angel’s Trumpet, Spokes On Southern, Casey Moores, or Yucca Tap Room.

For sites to see – Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix Public Library, laser tag or just visiting plant shops.

It’s never a dull moment here.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In my current day to day life, I thank my family. My mother encouraged me to write as a teenager and it continued as I am now. She always gets animated if I have a project that comes out and it makes me happy.

My husband for one is integral to my entire passion of getting back into sharing my work. He pushed me to branch out, accept feedback when I absolutely needed it and best of all – trust myself in times where I felt the most vulnerable. In a way, Deadbeat Poets Society is a way to “pay it forward” to the kindness that has been given to me over the years.

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