Today we’d like to introduce you to Rejeila Firmin.
Hi Rejeila, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Writing has always been my source of serenity. The hardest part before last year was sharing my work. Being vulnerable is inevitable when it comes to sharing poetry or any other art form for that matter. On June 3rd, 2020 I shared my first untitled poem. Weeks later, I celebrated my first 100 supporters. Now, I find myself celebrating almost 6,000. The word “grateful” does not do my sentiment justice. This experience has truly filled a void in me.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Overall, I wouldn’t say that I’ve encountered many struggles. In the beginning, I experimented with my aesthetic by changing fonts and colors. It was really just a matter of finding what I liked and what would compliment my work the best.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Black female writer specializing in poetry. I also enjoy certain aspects of photography and creative direction. I write in different genres such as non-fiction and memoir, but poetry stands out to me. A common thread amongst all of my writing is my transparency. I am most proud of how open I am because, to be honest, it’s hard. I don’t sugarcoat things or stay silent about injustice. But I don’t believe it is the element that sets me apart from others. What I write comes from the heart, it’s authentic.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
The best way to support me is to follow my Instagram account @wordsbyrei and like/share/interact with my content there! I am always open to collaborate with other creatives, especially BIPOC creatives and creatives from other marginalized communities.