Today we’d like to introduce you to Zee TheMf Poet.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Zee. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been different. I’ve always been the black sheep of the family. The one who disagrees with everything, the one who’s rebellious but overall the most ambitious one. I was the child who wanted to break all the black generational curses growing up.
The best thing is, I’ve always been artistic. I was born with a gift to escape and conquer. I’m from Mississippi streets, a super-smart kid (I was the top reader in elementary/middle school lol) who walked home from school to a fatherless household and a work-only mom. I was raised off survival and ramen noodles. Surrounded by drugs and police instead of toys and friends. But as they say, “mom still made things happen”.
I’m the oldest of five kids so I had to be the “responsible” one when I could barely use a phone. I didn’t complain. That was life. We moved to Atlanta and the opportunities in front of me were calling me. From my craft to my sexuality. I was ready to be who I was supposed to be. I’ve been writing since third grade. I started writing stories. Using fictional characters in my stories played an important role in my mental escape. I enjoyed giving the characters lives and solutions I wanted. I was introduced to poetry in 9th grade. My teacher said I spoke with passion and he was curious to hear my feelings. And bingo! That’s when I fell in love with poetry. A chance to express my feelings. Poetry had become my “someone” to vent to. My “someone” who would always listen and understand. My “someone” who understood that it was okay to do our own thing. When I feel, I write.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. Simply because of my own bad habits and unhealthy attachments along the way. I would find myself investing energy into the wrong things and wrong people instead of what I actually needed to do. I would spend days bathing in negative emotions instead of shifting that energy into something productive such as my book content. Once I set my mind on a goal, I’m there. I know immediately, I will have it. The struggle came in making sure I stayed focused on the goal WITHOUT getting off course. I went through four different book covers and two different content. I worked very hard on my poetry book.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m a Creator. An Author. An Artist. A Poet. I created my business Skreet & Spiritual as an umbrella for unapologetic creators such as myself who came from nothing. Then we took that “nothing” and made magic. I specialize in poetry. I wrote my book “Poetry for the Intoxicated” to inspire other writers and poets to express their raw emotions the way they want to. That includes slang, profanity, pain, threats, and the truth when it comes to hurting… the truth when it comes to losing someone you love.
I’m known for my art. I’m known as a writer, a spiritualist, a sex-positive advocate, a photographer, and a businesswoman. I’m most proud that my book is getting the recognition it deserves. There’s always someone new who wants to work with me or someone who wants to take photos for my book. What sets me apart from everyone is my personality, my drive, my free-spirited attitude and the talent I have of wearing many hats with many roles.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success as accomplishing a goal for yourself. Not for others but for yourself. It’s not about the monetary value or the clout, it’s about having the chance and opportunity to put your work out. It doesn’t matter who likes it or who doesn’t. Success is finishing it and posting it/mailing it/recording it/etc. Success is accomplishing your list of internal goals you’ve set for yourself subconsciously. The goals that you keep putting on the back burner.
- Poetry for the Intoxicated $22.22
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