We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Houston, Texas very own…Aireka “Yaya” Sadler!!! Yaya is a poet who gets very deep and personal with her poetry and its only the beginning so we can only imagine what she has in store for us in the future. Lets get to know Yaya…
3 Voices: Introduce yourself to the world. Let them know exactly who Yaya is and what Yaya does.
Yaya: Hello! My name is Aireka “Yaya” Sadler. I’m a 16-year-old girl who has been through lots of challenges in life but I continue to grow and learn from each triumph! Actually… I’m still trying to figure out exactly who I am. But I can honestly say that I am closer to finding “me” now than I have ever been!
3 Voices: When did you first start writing poetry? What inspires you to write?
Yaya: I first started writing poetry at the age of 9 after the death of my grandmother, grandfather, uncle, god father, and god mother. I’m mainly inspired by hardships. You’ll notice in my writings, I right about heartache and pain mostly.
3 Voices: Who are some of your influences? What’s one of your favorite poems from a poet that may have inspired you to become a poet?
Yaya: My biggest influence is the R&B Singer Syleena Johnson. Her story growing up is very similar to mine and it’s amazing that we both used poetry as an outlet, an escape from reality if only for one moment. One of my all time favorite poems would have to be “Phenomenal Woman” by Dr. Maya Angelou because as a plus-sized girl I’ve struggled with self-image issues. And that poem made me feel like someone had a curvaceous body like mine but they still looked at themselves as phenomenal.. Not perfect, but perfectly imperfect. You could say it gave me a great deal of hope.
3 Voices: You tend to get very deep and personal with your poems. How do you know whether you’re getting too deep and personal with your poems? What do you want people to get from your poems?
Yaya: With me.. There is no such thing as getting “too deep” with my own personal life. Poetry is to me what a diary is to others. I tend not to think about what I’m writing or the format or anything like that. I allow God to take control of my pen and a spill my heart out in between the lines of the paper and call it poetry. After my audience reads a poem of mine, I want them to see situations in a different way. And to have a sense of being understood. For our hearts to connect in the name of poetry.
3 Voices: Out of all the poems you’ve written, which is your absolute favorite? And which poem was the most difficult for you to publish because it may have been so personal?
Yaya: My favorite poem written by me is actually the one that was most difficult to write. The poem “Poetry” actually took me about 4 days to complete because it was so emotional for me to write. I actually dedicated it to my grandmother who passed away some time ago. It was difficult because I’m still in the grieving process but I felt that writing the poem would be a healing exercise. It actually worked. It helped to ease the pain.
3 Voices: What’s next for Yaya? Are there any exclusives that you can share with us?
Yaya: Hopefully big things! But you’ll just have to wait and see. 🙂
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to Yaya on social media sites such as (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.)?
Yaya: Follow me on twitter @PoeticYaya
Follow me on Instagram @PoeticYaya
And check out my poetry blog at http://poeticyaya.blogspot.com/ ! There a lot more work coming soon. 🙂
There you have it people! You heard it all from Yaya herself! Make sure you check out Yaya’s poem on her website http://poeticyaya.blogspot.com We loved it and sure you will. Much success to you Yaya and keep in touch!