We had the good fortune of connecting with Miyana Sarver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miyana, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
At Poetry on Peter we are 100% dedicated to the advancement of the poetry and spoken word community. Many events have an open mic vibe and allow an array of creatives to show their talents- singers, rappers, poets, and even motivational speakers. Here at POP, we focus strictly on the art of poetry. Poetry is a lost expression in a sense and I felt that our specific community needed a place just for us to call home. We offer a live band, drinks, pure positive energy and acceptance. That’s a great way to start off the week! Not to mention, it is a free event. No one should be turned away from an uplifting time because they can not afford it. I’ve always felt like the world needed more compassion and more light. This is something that I try to offer everyone I encounter. If you meet me, I’m confident that you will walk away feeling seen and heard. This essence has been embedded in our event. From our host, the band, and the bartenders, you should feel seen and heard. If we can touch one person that extends this to someone else, then the world will begin to change. That’s the goal.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Until this day I haven’t been able to put my finger on what it is I do or at least a title for it. When I was just exiting college I was pretty lost and I knew a life without creativity was not a life I could lead. I distinctly remember one day being pulled toward my purpose. Quite literally, something pulled me in the direction of poetry. I was no stranger to writing, I had been writing since I was 14 and started performing poetry my last year of college. But, I knew I was meant to do more. I combined my musical upbringing and poetry to begin creating my first poetry EP, Confused Queen. I met with producers to record my poems over music and production. I knew for my audience to really feel me, I had to paint the full picture. I didn’t know if people would like it or if it was a little too different and that scared me for a long time. But eventually, I released it and received more love and support than I can explain. That’s something I’m very proud of. Not only the EP’s reaction, but me choosing myself. It was not at all easy. There were some nights I’d think myself into anxiety or want to give up because I was so tired. I spent all of my free time and money to make this body of work, so I wanted it to be worth it. I overcame these challenges by having confidence and believing that what I had was worth hearing. I told myself, in this big world, if only 1% of people like what I do, that’s still a hell of a lot of people. And if only 1% of them are healed or inspired by what I do, then it is worth completing. I’m so happy I did, it opened so many doors and was followed by so many blessings. A lesson I’ve learned along the way is to bet on yourself every time. A lot of opportunities missed are those not taken. The worst that can happen is the regret of not doing it. From this one experience, I was able to accept a songwriting job, host and perform at events, and eventually have my own poetry show.
I want the world to know that I didn’t always know what I was doing and honestly I still don’t. But you are worth the try, your story is worth hearing. Everything that I have obtained thus far is from believing in myself and believing that I too deserve to be happy. Everyone does.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Lets set the scene, my best friend is in town and its a Friday night! Knowing my girl she wants to get dressed up and grab dinner and a couple drinks. We would have to go to a nice restaurant with good energy and a nice drink menu. Pasha, the Garden Room, Octopus Kitchen would be great choices. Since the night is still young and worth exploring we would head to the nearest niche bar with just the amount of creative flair to keep the fun going! Saturday we would sleep in and catch a breakfast place, Breakfast at Barneys. We would find a place to grab a pitcher of margaritas or a mule to lead us into the early afternoon. The museum of human and civil rights before a trip to the HIGH museum. Somehow we would stumble across little Five Points to buy art, hear live music, and visit a record shop to pick up on some steals. We would end our day at Agave or Apartment 4B for a nice dinner.
Sunday, we brunch! Or just relax at the house (give us the option, we’re choosing the latter). We would probably eat in and rewatch Insecure, catch up on life and our plans. Boys, work, creative ventures, spiritual gems. All while Frank Ocean, Solange, and SiR are being mixed in with our favorite underground alternative r&b artists.
Food, drinks, good music, and pure good energy are the things we fall into.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dont think it’s right to start off with anything other than God. I’ve been divinely favored and gifted throughout my entire journey, so the first thanks goes there. On this Earth, I’d have to say my parents and my immediate family. Since I was a child I was inspired by my family. Entrepreneurs, outliers, creatives, and visionaries. My parents always believed in me and allowed me to express myself the way I saw fit and fed my drive to create my own lane. My mother, a creative entrepreneur herself, has always been my inspiration. Her ability to mix business and creativity to make something lasting and impactful has always been awe inspiring. My father, honest and strong, has always taught me how to have heart and believe in myself. He purchased my first journal in 2008 and uncovered my gift of writing and expression and for that I owe him the world. My siblings for always supporting me and seeing me as larger than life, even when I sometimes didn’t see myself as such. My best friends for their pushing me and the reminders to see myself in my own power. Lastly, my partner, for helping me reignite my fire after a short time of inactivity and teaching me that love does not require suffering or losing one’s self. They all deserve the world.