Meet the Poet:
Kara Sulzer began having narcolepsy symptoms at the age of 16 and was diagnosed with type 1 narcolepsy when she was 20 years old. A high school English Language Arts teacher and drama director of 13 years, this last year she has put all of her efforts into her role as mom to her two-year-old daughter. She loves to read, write poetry, and dance to records. Kara lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her wonderful husband, amazing daughter and Glasgow the Cat. She is also a trained speaker with Project Sleep’s Rising Voices of Narcolepsy program.
About the Poem:
I wrote the first half of Seven Syllables years ago when my frustration with “the question I get” was at its height, but I never had an ending to it. It just felt like an angry rant without a satisfactory response. Then last year, after connecting with the narcolepsy community and finding it so inspiring, the answer to “the question I get” came to me and I was able to finally finish my poem.