Growing up in Montgomery County, Md., Kristine Bainbridge spent many a weekend at the Mason-Dixon Dragway, southeast of Hagerstown. The whole family - Mom, Dad, brother and herself - drove at the dragway. It was part of their family culture.
Bainbridge loved the family's time at the track, but she struggled in other areas. To help, she turned to poetry.
"I wrote my very first poem when I was 5," she said during an interview at The Herald-Mail. "I wrote seriously when I was 13. I started using it as a therapy, to work through negative feelings and problems."
Bainbridge, 26 and now a Williamsport resident, has published a collection of poems. Called "Semi-Artistic Failures," the collection represents about a decade of writing poems and short scenes, she said. The poems are personal, stream-of-consciousness musings about anger, heartbreak, regret and death.
The majority of poems are about Bainbridge's feelings toward other people.