In today's episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I’m talking with Elizabeth Castillo, a multilingual poet, writer, teacher and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee who lives in Paris.

I especially loved hearing her describe writing poetry and reading poetry – but even if you haven’t dabbled in poetry, I still know you’ll gain a lot from this episode.

Elizabeth shares so many nuggets of wisdom and advice in this episode! Including:

  • A bit about her writing process and the unusual way she put her most recent collection together.
  • The way she landed on the name of her poetry book “Not Quite an Ocean.”
  • The value she’s found in building community and the reason she channels her energy into supporting indie creators.
  • How she integrates her artistic life with her life as a mama.

AND if you want to hear more of what Elizabeth has to say, she is speaking on self-care and avoiding burnout at the upcoming Thriving Authors Summit. It’s a completely free virtual five-day summit from August 21-25. I’m talking with experts about everything from mindset to writing tips to editing to marketing to publishing your book. Register at

About Elizabeth: Elizabeth M Castillo is a multilingual poet, writer, teacher and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives in Paris with her family and two cats, where she writes a variety of different things, in a variety of different languages, and under a variety of pen names. She also runs a handful of small businesses, homeschools, dabbles in charity work and teaches languages part-time. She’s committed to promoting the indie arts, especially from women creators, and has a particular soft spot for women of colour who are also neurodivergent, much like herself. She’s found writing and creativity to be central to her own wellbeing and mental health, and is always keen to accompany other artists on their journey to developing their own authentic creative practice. In her writing Elizabeth explores the different countries and cultures she grew up with, as well as themes of race & ethnicity, motherhood, womanhood, language, love, loss and grief, and a touch of magical realism. Her writing has been featured in publications and anthologies in the UK, US, Australia, Mexico and the Middle East. Her bilingual, debut collection “Cajoncito: Poems on Love, Loss, y Otras Locuras” is for sale on Amazon, and her debut ecofeminist chapbook "Not Quite an Ocean" is out now with Nine Pens Press & on Amazon. You can connect with her on Twitter and IG as @EMCWritesPoetry, or on her website