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

One Wish

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

Wanesha Spencer


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