Professor Samiya Bashir is an artistic entrepreneur, winner of an Oregon Book Award, and a multimedia artist of poetry and spoken word, she is also YB2C Live! host Pamela Hilliard Owens’ daughter!
Welcome to Episode #65 of the YB2C Live! Podcast for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners. Every week we discuss the entrepreneurial journey, including interviews with business owners of all sizes from Detroit and all over the world who share their stories to give you inspiration, motivation, and tips for overcoming challenges and achieving success for your business.
Poet, writer, spoken word artist, and professor of creative writing, and daughter to Pamela Hilliard Owens, Professor Samiya Bashir considers herself a “multimedia” artist. While she started out as a freelance writer, Samiya has worked all around the country and the world at writing workshops, and consulting and communication organizations. She also proudly worked on the Freedom to Marry campaign, which advocates for marriage equality in the United States. In her consulting work, Samiya focused on helping people think big picture about their business, just like what we do at Writing it Right for You and Your Business, Your Brand, Creatively. Like mother, like daughter!
Samiya’s most recent body of work called “Field Theories” is a collection of poetry that won an Oregon Book Award. The Oregon Book Awards are presented every year to the best of the best writers in Oregon—a prestigious honor. There’s been one black woman to win the oregon book award before in history, and only one black poet.
Samiya works all over the country, and world. She recently worked at a workshop in Ghana that focused on African writers all around the world. Today she focuses mostly on her work as a professor and a writer. Samiya teaches at Reed College, a liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon.
Being a writer isn’t about just being a writer, you have to have something to say, advises Samiya. She believes very strongly in writers working together to improve each others work, which is why workshop and consulting work is so important to her.
Samiya offers our listeners a few wise words of advice: She stresses the importance of networking and knowing who needs help, in order to break into freelance work and make a name for yourself. Community building is integral, you need to see what other people are doing with your work to improve your own work.
She also advises to ask yourself “why are you making the artwork?” You definitely don’t want to go into poetry writing for the money!
If you’re a writer, you need to spend more time reading than you do writing. Be a part of the dialogue and conversation, a part of the world, that you work in.
Finally, Samiya’s last words of advice is to remember your tool is language. Like being a runner, if you only run when it’s race time, you won’t be very good! Don’t be afraid of the things you don’t understand! Engage!
Engage with Samiya by visiting her website!
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