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

Transcripts available upon request. Please reach out to artistsoapbox@gmail.com. Thanks.


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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


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This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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