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Interview: ACEworld Editor, Uche Amaodi Enters into Discussion with Stefn Sylvester on his Publishing Journey




Can you tell us extensively who Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu is?

I began my writing adventure as a teenager, gaining unparalleled experience in creative writing, while also establishing myself as a respected poet. 

Influenced by writers such as Maya Angelou, Chinua Achebe, Shakespeare, Wole Soyinka, Myles Munroe, I aspire to quake the earth with my quill, while keeping tabs on efficiency, originality, consistency and accuracy.

I am currently most passionate about poetry and found an online platform Poemify for budding African poets. My mission is to help more aspiring young writers structure their craft and attain authorship successfully. In 2015, my poems won the Pengician of the Year Award and in 2016, the Chrysolite Writers Poet of the Year Award. 

I am the author of 'Sweetness', ‘Diary Of A Broken Poet’, ‘Scriptophobia’, ‘You’re Loved and You Belong Here’, 'Creating Lead Generating eBooks’, ‘Self Publishing Successfully’, 'Poetry Simplified' and ‘How To Create Amazon Author Page’. 

Publications include anthologies, self-help manuals and creative writing aides.

When I am not busy inking poems, I enjoy singing and spends time blogging. My writings have been featured on several literary platforms, such as, CF Writerz, CWAN Pengician, Tush Stories, ACEworld, African Writers, Power Poetry, Hello Poetry, WRR, Parousia Magazine, Academia, Slideshare, TNW, among others.



Tell us about your most recent book.

My recent book, 'Poetry Writing: 10 Tips On How To Write A Poem' is a guide on how to write poems, for the beginner.


What inspired you to write that?

Severally, over the years, budding writers approach me and request to be taught how to write poetry. A few requested mentorship and one-on-one tutoring. But by reason of my busy schedule, I couldn't grant their requests. So I thought it would it proper to put it into writing, compile a simple handbook and put it up for sale. Five books were born out of it. 'Poetry Writing: 10 Tips On How To Write A Poem' being the most recent.


What are you hoping this book will do?

Poems, unlike crosswords, don't have a straightforward solution. In fact, a careful examination of the clues laid by the poet may lead to more questions than answers. Hence many find poetry writing rather ambiguous and for a select few.

I am hoping my book will help budding poets make an important transition from writing for themselves to writing for the world.

Also, it will help poets make a transition away from writing poetry to celebrate, commemorate, or capture their own feelings towards writing poetry in order to generate feelings in one's audience/reader (in which case the poem exists entirely to serve the reader).

How can your readers get the book and at what rate?

My book is worth a thousand Naira (#1000). It can be obtained on my website here





Is there anything we should expect or look forward to from you?


Poemify Maiden magazine and AfriChant Anthology would be launched soon.

AfriChant is a collection of poems for the African child initiated by Martins Deep, a friend and partner.

It's going to be a bowl full of dripping honey.


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Uche Amaobi is an editor at ACEworld. She can be reached at amaobiuche17@gmail.com




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