Welcome to your favorite podcast hosted by Essah Cozett that you didn’t know existed, you didn’t know you needed, but we’re so glad you’re here. Essah's Way encourages people to embrace their journey by sharing a bit of their amazing story.
Essah Cozett is a poet and a Doctoral Caribbean Literature and Languages student at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. She is a first-generation Liberian-American, born and raised in Georgia.
Episode 083 | Remember Your Why
Episode 083. Essah Cozett encourages everyone to find their light by looking within.
Episode 082 | A Portable Paradise
Episode 082. Roger Robinson reflects on the power of prayer which allows him to be present in his art.
Roger Robinson is a writer who has performed worldwide. He is the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019, RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020 and RSL Fellow. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the Black-British writing canon. His latest collection ‘A Portable Paradise’ was a New Statesman book of the year. He is an alumnus of The Complete Works and was shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, commended by the Forward Poetry Prize and is currently shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry 2020. He is co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. He is the lead vocalist and lyricist for King Midas Sound and has also recorded solo albums with Jahtari Records.
Episoode 081 | The Creative Practice of Flourishing
Episode 081. Raina León honors her journey by reflecting on her roots while actively encouraging others to make space for joy.
The deadline for her new workshop is February 15, 2021. Sign up here: https://www.thespeakeasyproject.net/overview-workshops
Raina J. León, PhD is Black, Afro-Boricua, and from Philadelphia. She is a mother, daughter, sister, madrina, comadre, partner, poet, writer, and teacher educator. She believes in collective action and community work, the profound power of holding space for the telling of our stories, and the liberatory practice of humanizing education. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: dis(locate) and the chapbooks, profeta without refuge and Areyto to Atabey: Essays on the Mother(ing) Self. She is passionate about Afro-futurism, genealogy and walking in relationship with our ancestors, ecopoetics, writing for change, writing for healing and health, and mothering.
Episode 080 | Your Gift Will Make Room For You
Episode 080. Assumpta Vitcu reveals how she created a thriving career by pursuing her passions.
Assumpta is a London based British-Nigerian Poet, Writer and Event Planner. Her work has been featured within Parxis Magazine and a number of publications including the Ake Review and POSTSCRIPT. Assumpta’s writing centres on love, loss, life-lessons and loneliness.
Episode 079 | Writing the World
Episode 079. Nick Makoha shares how his life experiences inspired him to establish the Obsidian Foundation to celebrate Black poets around the world.
If you are a Black poet interested in participating in the next retreat, please join the mailing list here: www.obsidianfoundation.co.uk
The Founder of Obsidian Nick Makoha is a Ugandan poet and playwright and based in London. His debut Kingdom of Gravity was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni. He won the 2015 Brunel prize and 2016 Derricotte & Eady Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. He was the 2019 Writer-in-Residence for The Wordsworth Trust and Wasafiri. His play The Dark was directed by JMK award-winner Roy Alexander and shortlisted for the 2019 Alfred Fagon Award. He has been involved in TV marketing campaigns for Voices Nationwide: Celebrating Fatherhood and the Gillette, Being A Man digital campaign for The Southbank Centre. His poems appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Poetry London, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri.
Episode 078 | The Year of Completion
Episode 078. Essah Cozett discusses her mission for this year and encourages listeners to hold her accountable.