with Coby Daniels:
Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?
Coby: I started writing in 2nd year of high school at age 17. Precisely February 17, 2010. First time I ever wrote a poem. My influence was basically nature and then there was this poet from Nigeria, P. O. C. Umeh. He wrote Ambassadors of Poverty.
Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?
Coby: My biggest influence today wouldn’t be standout. My style is influenced by so many amazing writers I have read both old and contemporary.
Q3: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing/art? Have any travels away from home influenced work/describe?
Coby: I grew up in a quiet neighbourhood in a very busy Ghanaian city (Kumasi). The place didn’t shape my writing as much as life experiences did. I had to assume certain roles beyond my age so there. I went to university away from home and that was one of the most inspiring years of my life as a writer. The beach was close by so you could imagine musing under the sunset and a cool breeze.
Q4: What do you consider the most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far?
Coby: That would be my forthcoming collection, Shards and other poems, due somewhere in August.
Q5: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be an artist/poet?
Coby: February 2013 when I began to publicly share my poems.
Q6: Favorite activities to relax?
Coby: I listen to lots of music, I enjoy a good film from time to time and I love to read
Q7: Any recent or forthcoming projects you’d like to promote?
Coby: Yes, Shards. I’ll share promotional material as soon as they’re out.
Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem of yours or others?
Coby: “Trust is a broken reed pipe still trying to make beautiful music.”
Q9: Who has helped you most with writing?
Coby: It’s quite a list but I’d say my best friends, Afia Owusuaa Owusu, @KwamenaWrighter, Prince Kwesi Mensah and Bertrand Azags.