If you’ve been on the poetry scene in DC or out protesting for change you’ve probably crossed paths with this Street Intellectual. She has been a supreme supporter of cultivating poets and young hearts through her work with the DC Youth Slam team. She’s also been known to murk a number of poetry slams with her quick wit and canny delivery. I first took note of this heroine performing at DC’s local community poetry session, Spit Dat. It was there that I was captivated by her allure as she reconstructed and resurrected my soul! Her natural skill for the art of words goes unmatched. I’ve followed her as she progressed to perform and host numerous slam poetry shows at Bust Boys and Poets, Graffiti DC and many other venues. It has been a delight to get to know her and share in her many accomplishments.
Yaya is slowly cementing herself as a powerful artistic force within the DC metro area, most notably with her involvement and lead in the budding underground arts movement, the Sanaa Project. I was honored to have had a chance to sit down and interview this queen at the Mousai house and get first looks into her book. She shared her thoughts on transitioning from a performance poet to 1/3rd of the band Gully Waters and now author. Her book Job’s Daughter: The Adventure’s of Trill Yeezy is set to release December the 10th.
Check out her interview below:
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