Before contacting Rina, please read the FAQs below:
Q: Do you answer questions about your scholarly and/or creative works?
A: As much as I want to engage with each and everyone of my readers and as much as I am thankful that so many teachers are using my writings in their classrooms, I unfortunately cannot answer each and every question directed at me. I do not answer questions that are obviously guide questions in homework, projects, or assignments. I also do not answer questions through social media, as my accounts are personal and private.
Q: Do you accept invites to interviews?
A; I do and I love being interviewed, as long as there is an email invitation and we can work out a schedule (again, through email). If student/s want to conduct the interview, I would like a solicited invite from the teacher or professor.
Q: Do you accept social media friend requests?
A: Aside from my Twitter account, my social media pages are personal and private. Unless I know you personally, I cannot accept random requests.
Q: When/Where is this [publication] published?
A: Most of my publications are available without a paywall (or I upload them to academia as resistance), and when I do make them open access, all pertinent information is there. I try to include all information that would be needed for a proper citation in my uploads; if not, a quick Google search would tell you the missing info.
Q: Are your poems always personal?
A: They mostly reflect a specific part of my life, so yes, they are personal. My scholarship is also personal. This is also the reason why I cannot just answer questions out of the blue -- I need the appropriate space and venue to discuss my poetry and scholarship. I do not see myself separate from my writing, so it is not easy to sit down and rehash associated feelings randomly.
Q: If your works are inseparable to who you are as a person, can they be interpreted differently?
A: Yes. All interpretations that are justified, evidenced, and embodied are valid. I sometimes believe in what Roland Barthes has declared: "The author is dead."
Q: Why is it taking you so long to answer questions sent through the Contact form?
A: If I have not responded in twenty-four (24) hours, please reread this page. I only respond to anything that is not answered here.