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

Hi Chastity, is there something you believe many others might not?
A piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is don’t make decisions when you are angry. As I work to get better at acknowledging, accepting, and affirming my emotions I am trying to make sure that I don’t leave any of them behind, even those that may be deemed as negative. As a black woman especially, my experience and expression of anger is loaded. It is often put on me when it doesn’t exist and removed as an option when I need it most. As I work to express my emotions in my personal, professional, and creative life I am intentional that I do not leave my anger behind. I make decisions and create out of anger just as frequently as any other emotion and, often times, more so. It is an emotion that I struggle to understand so I want to work with and through it as much as possible.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As I’ve settled into a new space after moving at the height of the pandemic, I’ve begun to carve out and define my art and writing process. I am still in the early stages, but I am enjoying the process. I’ve come to accept my loves for conceptual art, despite the fact that it is less traditional than other forms of art and for poetry, despite the fact that it is more abstract than other forms of writing. My art making and poetry writing have both centered on grief and loss during a time that I think many of us are experiencing both at more rapid rates than we’re accustomed to.

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.
I live in downtown Fort Lauderdale. We would spend the morning at North Forth Lauderdale Beach, get lunch at Green Bar & Kitchen, go plant shopping at GardenWorks, do some reading at Holiday park, and end the night with dinner at SoBe Vegan.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My good friend, Patrice Walker.

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