Hello Readers and Writers!
Today we want to introduce you to a poet from Nairobi who has been using his voice for change! His work has been published since 2015 and his words have been well received. "Lost Souls is a fantastic book of easy-reading poetry filled with positive messages surrounding making changes for the positive, achievement, and seeking to escape mediocrity."
Introducing Spencer Adika!
RL: How did you get started as a poet?
SA: Originally, I started as a sketch artist mainly fascinated with drawing cars and bikes. The beauty of it was the power of the pen. As I was growing, I've become outspoken. Poetry is a powerful tool for expression and brings raw thoughts to an unimaginable audience. I decided, why not, after all am unstoppable.
RL: What's your current work in progress?
SA: Currently, I am working on my 5th book titled Running The Journey which is also a poetry collection.
RL: Who inspires your poetry the most?SA: I don't have a specific person who inspires my poetry works but kindness can be spread in many ways, poetry is the medium I have.
RL: As with most poets, life creates the events that fuel poetry. Do you think this is true for you? How have your life experiences shaped your words?
SA: Poets live the same lives as everybody else and I am no exception. It is through the society that we are and come up with what we have. Personal experiences are also a part of some pieces I've written. Challenges are part of the lessons I've learned in the time of my existence.
RL: How do your books and poems rebel against the status quo in your genre?
SA: Poetry has a direct message and for that reason it is seen as a form of rebellion. Poets are perceived as dangerous because they are outspoken, challenge politicians and have taken part in revolutions in the past centuries. Even though I identify as an inspirational poet, challenging the status quo is part of me. We have simple things that if we give, it costs nothing and impacts many.
RL: Talk to me about the path you choose in publishing.
RL: Your first book was released in 2015. How has your writing changed since then?
SA: You are right, I published my first book in 2015 and since then there's no looking back. We learn from the past but make our future. Growth and richness in content is what I've gained. Consistency is what keeps me grounded and the reader sees that too.
RL: How do you plan your book releases?
SA: After everything is done in the publishing process, I take a break for like a month or two, spread the word through my circles and then is when my release happens. I don't have specific timelines for it.
RL: How do you manage writing time? Is finding writing time an issue for you?
RL: Who is your favorite poet and why?
SA: My favorite poet is Ken Waliaula Walibora. He is so versatile with different genres which is my aim in the coming years.
RL: Where do you see your writing career going in the future?
SA: I've done poetry, short stories and novellas are next. Onward and forward. I believe I am able to do it, baby steps, God's speed.
RL: What are you reading right now?
SA: New poets have a new way. Dreamy Cicada by Makena Mutua is my current read. I don't write love poems but love the sweet words by her.
RL: What can readers expect from you in the future?