Wanesha Spencer is a poet, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Wanesha earned her degree from the University of South Florida before transitioning to Atlanta, Georgia.
In Atlanta, Wanesha worked vigorously with non-profit organizations in the city. Recently, Wanesha founded The Ella Project, which seeks to empower and build communities by reaching marginalized individuals and their families.
In addition to her entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors, Wanesha is also a masterful poet who is often called upon to share her pieces at events around the country. Poetry is the vehicle Wanesha uses to address social issues of the day, as well as to share stories of growth and personal development.
Wanesha's debut audio poetry compilation, "Down My Sidewalk," is now available. The collection of poems are pieces pulled directly from the pages of her life. It represents a personal journey of pain, growth, and forgiveness.
Wanesha's unprecedented drive and devotion to encourage and motivate others is insurmountable as demonstrated by her unwavering faith in Christ—the Chief painter of her life's stunning canvas.
*In 2016 Wanesha received the GANSPA Inspirational Poet of the Year Award
By: Wanesha V. Spencer
I wonder if you knew how amazing you were
How your smile brightened the darkest of nights
Your essence was like magic
Days that started before everyone else was awake
Nights that ended long after everyone else was asleep
I saw you
Sometimes tired and weary
Extending yourself far beyond capacity
Making sure that no need was left unmet
Like breakfast, lunch and dinner
your course remained full
You caught tears like rivers catch water
Turned frowns into smiles with your presence
Days that ended without a pat on the back
Yet you embraced each day ready to repeat the same cycle of love
Providing solutions for problems while simultaneously handling your own
The glue that made our family strong
The backbone we built our dreams upon
Yet now I stare
At this empty wooden rocking chair
Wishing you were here Grandma
Still wishing you were here