Diana Garlington is the author of “She Wasn’t the One”. She is a community activist and speaker. Diana has a strong sense of community and believes in encouraging and working for disadvantage communities and youth.
After losing her daughter, Esscence, at the young age of 21 to gun violence, she has dedicated her life to teaching the principles and practices of nonviolence while empowering our youth and adult females with ways to re-create their struggles and expressions by using their voices to be heard, heeded and respected.
“We must not STAND on stricter gun sense and domestic violence laws, we must INSIST on it!” She continues to live her life consistent with her new motto, “Envy kills, love lifts.”
Where are you from?
I am from Providence RI, I was raised in a two-parent environment with five siblings.
Why do you write?
I write because it is a mechanism to keep my mind and thoughts tranquil. Losing Esscence was life-changing, but it also gave me the strength and courage to share her story, and change lives of others who choose to keep theirs suppressed.
What do you write about?
I write about my emotions and feelings in the moment. (Poetry) has afforded me to express the pains and tribulations I faced. The early demise of my daughter reflects an enormous amount of violence in my community and writing poems helps me in channeling ways to resolve the issues we are confronted with.
Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing style is continuous writing, and then rearranging to bring my thoughts from paper format to fruition. Each time I write, it brings about solutions to many of the atrocities I have suffered.
What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?
The obstacles to me writing is emotional barriers where I sometimes downplay the perception of my messages. In writing She Wasn’t The One, I wanted my audience to understand the truths and hurts that I endured for many years after my loss, but struggled with how it would effect others. Alternatively understanding the importance of revealing veracity.