This is the second edition of SLA’s Artist Feature. This series appreciates the artists of SLA and showcases their talents. The reader can also see what’s on the artist’s mind. This month’s artist is Tigidankay Saccoh. TK is currently a sophomore. She is a two-year member of Slam League.
Who is your favorite author and why?
My favorite author is Scott Westerfeld because he uses relevant ideology in today’s society into his books, then revamps them.
What is your usual writing theme?
My usual writing theme is analytical writing.
What is your “job” as a poet?
I feel my job as a creative intellectual is to explore solutions for the societal stigmas that plague the world today.
What are you trying to create with your art?
I am trying to create inspiration with my art.
Who or what influences your art?
My poems are usually driven by the social injustices I know African-Americans endure.
Was there a pinpoint moment when you or a teacher/family member/friend knew you were a great writer?
In 8th grade, I really grew as a writer because my English teacher, Mr. Meltzer was very invested in his craft and inspired me to work on mine.
What’s your favorite poem that you wrote and why?
My favorite poem I have written is Black Girl Epidemic because I wrote it recently and felt very passionate while performing it.
Excerpt of Black Girl Epidemic:
“My radiant tresses are held so highly that even gravity can’t keep it down.
My afro is the most confident and vain of hairstyles.
It sits unruffled upon my head, its chest stuck out for the world to see, reaching high enough to graze the very gates of Heaven.”