The Poet Speaks Podcast

The Poet Speaks Podcast

Based off of Spoken Word Artist Amanda Eke's global touring Spoken Word workshop, The Poet Speaks. The Poet Speaks Podcast has her talking to Spoken Word artists and performing poets from around the world. Tune in and listen to Amanda and other Spoken Word Artists talk about performing, oral tradition, and all things Spoken Word. And most importantly, they tell us why they need to get their words out. Check out new episodes weekly.


October 23, 2022 51 min
Welcome to the Season 4 Finale of, The Poet Speaks Podcast! Check out as Amanda wraps season 4 with K.M.A.! Kimberly M Anderson also known as KMA is a “coloured” or mixed race poet from South Africa.Coming from the small town of eShowe in KwaZulu-Natal, she found her voice through poetry and started the Turning Pain into Power movement or journey as she calls it. Her poems speak of what it is like being a coloured /mixed race woman...
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Check out Amanda's conversation with Blue! Blue is a Thai interdisciplinary visual artist and poet based in California. Her works explore feminist themes through a surreal aesthetic that highlights the morbid in the mundane. Born and raised in Thailand, Blue is inspired by the complicated relationship she has with her home country. Her works employ punchy and subversive visual language to convey an expressive and rebellious inq...
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October 9, 2022 37 min
Check out Amanda's conversation with Kiz Manley! Kiz's older sister, Promila, died in a car accident in 2000. PTSD ensued without diagnosis. She was trained to teach English & Drama. When her father died in 2010, she was recovering from an undiagnosed delayed traumatised grief reaction and breakdown. This is when she discovered therapeutic writing. Hip Hop HEALS began as a mental health inequality project. Hip Hop HEALS...
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October 2, 2022 33 min
We welcome to The Poet Speaks Podcast, Rachel Ferguson! Rachel is co-owner of Ryozan Park and executive director of Kosodate Village NPO. She has a degree in literature and master’s degrees in Japanese gender studies and creative writing. Originally from Scotland, Rachel also works as a voice artist and, in her spare time, loves reading and writing poetry, playing music and walking in the woods with her two young children. Rachel i...
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September 25, 2022 51 min
Check out Amanda's conversation with Adrian Matejka! Adrian was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. Matejka served as Poet Laureate of the state of Indiana in 2018– 19, and he became the editor of Poetry magazine in 2022.

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September 18, 2022 37 min
Check out Amanda's conversation with Mumbi Macharia! Mumbi is a performing spoken word poet, event curator, and blogger from Nairobi, Kenya. Her poetry revolves around the themes of love, femininity, Africa, sex, and the inevitability of heartbreak. Mumbi has been a featured poet at poetry events across East Africa, and has curated her own events in various parts of Kenya. She has written and performed for organizations such as...
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September 11, 2022 50 min
Welcome to the Season 4 Premiere of, The Poet Speaks Podcast!

Check out Amanda's conversation with Sandra Cisneros. Sandra is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, a MacArthur Fellowship, national and international book awards, including the PEN America Literary Award, and the National Medal of Arts. More recently, she receiv...
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August 21, 2022 46 min
Welcome to the Season 3 finale of The Poet Speaks Podcast!

Check out Amanda's conversation with Caridad De La Luz! Caridad is a multifaceted performer known as LA BRUJA who is nominated for an Emmy as Script Writer of “Legacy of Puerto Rican Poetry” which aired on ABC last year and she is the newly appointed Executive Director of the NUYORICAN POETS CAFE where she began her career in 1996. Winner of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellow...
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August 14, 2022 39 min
Check out this week's episode with Adam Tie! Adam is the founder of The Novel Encounter, and a published author & poet. He's well-known for his live typewritten poetry, where he gets invited by brands & to festivals and special occasions to engage with the guests for customised poems. Simply give him 3 words and he will write something heartfelt for you on the spot.

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icon303 is an artist and poet based in South Florida. He is continually working and writing to create a better place for us all to live.”
Check out this episode as him and Amanda talk all about his life, career in writing and all things Spoken Word Poetry!

Be sure to become a Poetry Lab Partner and attend a monthly workshop led by a teaching artist who represents a fresh new voice in the writing world. It’s only $35 a month! Sign up ...
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Check out Amanda's conversation with Lady Red Ego! Lady Red Ego is a Chinese/Scottish lesbian writer concerned with intimacies. Her first pamphlet, The Red Ego, was published in 2019 with Wild Pressed Books and her second pamphlet, Natural Sugars, was published in 2020 by Broken Sleep Books. Her debut collection, Your Turn To Speak!, is due to be released in 2023 with Blue Diode Press.

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Listen to Amanda's conversation with Xabiso Vili! Having won the Poetry Africa 2021 Slam Jam competition, Xabiso Vili will be representing South Africa at the World Poetry Slam Championship 2022 in Brussels. He is a multi-award winning writer, performer, social activist, new media artist, applied theatre practitioner and producer obsessed with how to use innovative creativity for healing and therapy. Most recently, he created t...
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This week, Amanda has a chat with Dhayana Alejandrina! Dhayana is a Dominican writer, poet, and storyteller. Dhayana started to write around the age of nine when she lived in the Dominican Republic, then continued to after immigrating to the United States in 2009 with her family. Her writings explore different topics such as growth, love, loss, culture, healing, and spirituality. In 2018, she had her first spoken word performance a...
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Check out Amanda's conversation with Soul Stuf! Christian Perfas is a second generation Filipino-American poet and teaching artist who goes by the moniker, "Soul Stuf." His catalogue of work covers a wide range of material, from the seemingly mundane to the heart-wrenchingly familiar. Raised with a background in theatre, improv, and hip-hop, he has been honing his poetic craft for the past five years and has been blesse...
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Our Season 3 opener is starting off with A BANG. We have Titilope Sonuga!
Titilope is a poet and performer whose work grasps for moments of tenderness and persistent joy at the intersection of blackness and womanhood. She is the first EVER poet to recite at a Nigerian Presidential Inauguration and is the author of three award-winning collections of poetry, Down to Earth (2011), Abscess (2014), and This Is How We Disappear (2019) an...
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For our Season 2 Finale we are EXCITED to welcome Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa to the podcast! Sukhjit is a spoken word poet, playwright and screenwriter. She has competed in the Australian Poetry Slam Competition (2014) as a finalist, performed on Australia’s Got Talent (2016) as a semi-finalist, and presented at TedxUWA (2017) and TedxNewtown (2019). She has performed with notable artists including Missy Higgins and L-FRESH the Lion, and ...
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We have Melania Luisa Marte on the podcast this week! Melania is a writer, poet, and speaker from New York living in the Dominican Republic. Her most viral poem “Afro-Latina” was featured by Instagram on their IG TV for National Poetry Month and has garnered over 9 million views.

Her work has also been featured by Ain’t I Latina, The Root, Teen Vogue, Facebook, Telemundo, Remezcla, and People En Español. Melania’s won two Audie awa...
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We welcome to the Podcast, Stephen James Smith! Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the Irish spoken word scene. His poetry videos have amassed over 3 million views online, including ‘My Ireland’, a short poetry film commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival. Stephen has performed extensively at top venues and events such as Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the National Concert Hall, the Abbey Thea...
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We welcome to the podcast, Asantewaa Boykin!
Asantewaa is the Daughter of Valerie Boykin, Granddaughter of Bertha Brandy and Gladys Boykin and the Great-Granddaughter of Nonnie Boykin and Drucella Bluford. She is a proud San Diego, CA native that found her voice in Oakland, CA Berthas’ home and Drucellas’ frontier. Her poetry and art combines her love of words, storytelling, and resistance. Exploring topics like; space-travel, blac...
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Check out Amanda's conversation with Biankah Bailey! Biankah is a writer and educator from Kingston, Jamaica. She has been teaching English in Japan for over a decade and currently resides in Saitama Prefecture with her husband and cat. Some of her written work has been published in Musings, an anthology series by Writers’ Bloc, Tokyo as well as in Tokyo Poetry Journal Volume I. She is one of the editors of Umoja, an anthology...
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