We had the good fortune of connecting with Eunice B.K.A. Haibian Losier Telfort and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eunice B.K.A. Haibian, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose a creative career because I grew up not knowing anyone like me. Because I grew up having that feeling, I knew that I would have to set the example for following generations. Growing up in a very religious, old school, strict Caribbean household, I wasn’t able to explore any options that could explain certain feelings I was having growing up. I also didn’t have anyone around that could possibly guide or mentor me. Poetry was my only outlet to express myself, and the older I got, the more I realized I wanted to live my life doing what I love most. Poetry is my passion; and through poetry I have the opportunity to reach any and everyone. Especially, a young girl that might be in the same situation I was in my young teen years. With the support of my readers, I have the freedom to express our current times in ways that some may find difficult. Art is the way of life and pursing an artistic career allows me to feel alive.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a spoken word poet, my love for words wouldn’t be enough to set me apart from other creative artists. I needed to have a story that differentiates me from everyone else. Growing up not knowing anyone else like me, gave me an advantage. I had to push aside any fears or doubts about my gift to take me to the next level. It wasn’t easy at first because as a poet, there’s always that feeling that people will not accept you, but as a poet, it is my obligation to express my current times the best way possible. Any challenges I might have, is met with my determination. I’ve learned that I am the only person that can stop me on my mission. And that is to bring the truth to the world, even if it’s the ugly truth. Because as an artist, it is my responsibility and duty to reflect the times.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
If my very best friend were to visit me right now, first things first we would have to go to the water. Visit Virginia Key Beach and watch either a sunset or sunrise. The must have foods, definitely have to represent for my Haitians. The first place because it’s right around the corner from me would be Le Jardin then the Le Chic Poule. Still in the mood for more Caribbean cuisine, I’ll then go to Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen in Wynwood. They have the best cocktails curated by my favorite mixologist, Gorilla Kie. While we’re there, just stay and look at all the magical art. Since I’m bringing my friend to different places, I have to connect with Key2Mia for customized tours. That’s the only way to truly enjoy and learn about Miami.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout is for my nieces and nephew. Everything that I do is for their best interest. And also all my supporters that have been with me from the first time I ever performed.