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.
Bio: Daniel Asamoah Yeboah (a.k.a. : Coby Daniels) is a young Ghanaian poet, novelist, spoken word artiste, and proud alum of the University of Cape Coast from where he graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree. He was also president of the Department of English’s Creative Writers Club. He has featured in several journals including the maiden and second editions of the Lunaris Review Online Magazine. He has performed some inspiring poems on platforms in Ghana such as Moonlight Cafe, Indigenious Minds, VerbzCafe and has been greatly influential together with other creatives like The Village Thinkers in instituting the poetry revival in his university campus with selflessness, zeal and enthusiasm. He is a social volunteer and
aspires to positively impact society with his writings and volunteerism. He loves nature photography and is a voracious reader. Find him on: IG & Facebook: coby Daniels, Twitter:
@coby_daniels and his blog: http://www.cobysthinktank.wordpress.com