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Meet Brandy Simpkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandy Simpkins.

Hi Brandy, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I am a local Writer/Journalist and Spoken Word Artists who developed her craft and confidence in college. I attended Savannah State University where I obtained my BA in English Language and Literature and was a Board member of W.O.R.D. (Way of Real Discovery) poetry organization on campus.

I attribute much of my success to my full-ride academic scholarship which enabled me to complete school comfortably. My support group within campus gates was strong.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One of my main challenges was identifying my purpose. Because I have always been a relatively great writer, I assumed that writing was a natural skill for everyone. I would sometimes feel that I was missing something special and I searched various avenues to find it. Eventually, I realized that my gift is simply communication.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
“Brandywine” is my artist name. I perform at different venues and open mics around town. I have recently begun hosting my own open mics like one that will be held on November 20 in the courtyard/garden of Stonelords Boutique. I write and perform all of my own work.

What sets me apart is my experience in various forms of writing and speaking. As I mentioned earlier, I am a Spoken Word Artist as well as a local Journalist. I currently freelance for newspapers and magazines around town. As a journalist, I bring a unique, creative flair to cultivate articles similar to this one I am interviewing for. As a spoken word artist, I have the ability to write poetry that is relatable and objective.

Overall, I am community-driven, so when I do share an article or a poem my goal is to uplift the audience while spreading love and light.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I have learned that the presence of people matter. We all need one another and the world is a better, sweeter place when we are able to commune in person.

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Val Tannuzzi

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