143: Another avenue to healing. Poetry and process with Naima Yetunde Ince

We cover some ground in this one! Writing plays and poetry, vulnerability and transformation, strength and gentleness, mental health and healing, and process, process, creative process — my favorite topics!

In this episode, you’ll hear the wisdom of poet and playwright Naima Yetunde Ince. Our starting place is Pure, Naima’s her most recent poetic memoir — but friends from there we go so many places!


Naima Yetunde Ince is an emerging playwright whose signature is distinct through the medium of the spoken word. Naima has fallen in love with the art of storytelling. Naima has been writing and performing spoken word poetry for over 10 years. Naima is also a published author. Her most recent publication “Pure A book of Poetry,” is a poetic memoir that will take the reader on a special journey learning more about who Naima is as a person and storyteller. Naima is also a playwright, her Play “Men Always Leave” had two successful productions in the Triangle area of North Carolina. The play was produced by the Cary Players in February 2019. Previously, Men Always Leave first debuted in the area at the Women’s Theater Festival in the summer of 2016. Naima is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Currently, she is working on another full-length play entitled Cry Pry Put On Lipstick and is hopeful for future stage productions of this work. 

Naima says, “I can feel when God is speaking through me to give the creative license through whatever medium I am working on, be it a spoken word poem or stage play.” It’s a very special gift to have and Naima does not take it lightly. Naima holds two degrees, a Master’s Of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies from SUNY Purchase College.

Naima’s website: https://nyiproductions.com

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2 thoughts on “143: Another avenue to healing. Poetry and process with Naima Yetunde Ince

    1. Thank so much, Nichole. I am so grateful for the conversation with Naima and for her work.

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