VOX and Atlanta Word Works’ very own Ogechi Ofodu is getting a lot of attention these days. Here’s why she’s so dope.
“I don’t know whether I chose to do poetry, more so than I was just writing, and it just turned into this. But I love it, and I never want to stop.” – Tia, 17
“This poem is an ode to becoming the inferno I want to see in the world…”
Meet 17-year-old Jaha Bella, member of Team Atlanta, going to Brave New Voices in July.
Get to know Ninel Nekay, 19, Atlanta’s Poet Laureate 2016-17 and a member of Team Atlanta, heading to Brave New Voices international poetry slam.
How sweet the sound
As the harmony floated about the bellies of slave ships…
Atlanta WordWorks Wednesday #ATLWWW Weekly poems from your Team Atlanta representatives of Brave New Voices 2017 DeAndre, 18, class of 2020 of Morehouse College and is the only male on AWW’s Team Atlanta this season. With his own unique D.C.-native niche (we’re still learning the slang) he enhances the wisdom of the team. A painter […]
“If the words are pretty but they don’t fit right inside of you, then it’s not the piece that you should be writing… Only write things that are true to you.” – Jaha Bella, 17
With a pen graced with cocoa butter, abundant metaphors and a genuine raw soul, Tia’s words and wisdom of self supersede her years, and we cannot wait what will come from her this season as she trains represents Team Atlanta at Brave New Voices in July.
I go up to the stage
My hands are clamming and my heart is thumping loudly against my ear drum
I keep my mouth closed by biting my bottom lip,
Anticipating the judge’s first word …
this is addressed to the grown man who rolled down the window of his beat up 2004 impala upon seeing me jog down atlanta road to yell,
“Damn shawty! Who you tryna get fine for?”