By Haikeem Stokes
Trying to find a location indicative of this world-renowned poet’s strength and serenity; today’s interview is conducted from the gazebo along Boathouse Row with the rushing waves of the Schuylkill River. Being a daughter of nature, Ms. Powerhouse displays a captivating smile, then takes a moment to face the water no doubt absorbing its positive kinetic energy. We begin our conversation after exchanging greetings.
Nikki really blossomed during her adolescence, while maneuvering the intricacies of North Philadelphia. She learned early on, to stand and be counted, otherwise, you’ll be looked over. Filled with the very outgoing, vibrant vitality of her father and the stoic, intelligence of her tenacious mother, Ms. Powerhouse developed into a force to be reckoned with. Nikki says, “Growing up with parents whose attitudes were from different ends of the spectrum afforded me the best of both worlds. I was able to benefit greatly from both individuals and shape into the best version of me.”
Always full of energy and vigor, Ms. Powerhouse became interested in poetry and theatre as a tween-ager. She channeled those strengths of her parents when faced with an entrance audition into high school. Her multi-dimensional performance impressed the judges so much that in the end, they gave her a standing ovation. Upon entering those hallowed halls, Nikki felt the positive vibrations of all the greats before her that attended and accepted the challenge of leaving her own giant footprints. By graduation, she did indeed leave an indelible imprint on the school’s theatre and dance programs prospectively. Entering college, was much of the same, but with an even greater impact due to her confidence and training, but now with poetry becoming more of her focus.
Read the full article in the latest issue of Intellectual Ink Magazine: June 2022 - Kindle edition by S Gray, Erick , Stokes, Haikeem, Moore, Ms Michel. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. Follow @asophilabooks • Instagram photos and videos Nikki Powerhouse (@nikkipowerhouse) • Instagram photos and videos
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