Meet Samira Vivette

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This edgy Australian writer has made a name for herself in the online space with her fearless approach to poetry. Sparking dialogue around divisive emotions and ideas, her poetic style involves a mix of gentle affirmations and harsh motivational quotes—and everything in between.

With five books under her belt and a combined social media following of 400,000+ readers and supporters, Vivette has proven time and time again that she is unafraid to push the boundaries of conventional wisdom and challenge readers to think outside the box. Her social media posts range from original love quotes, heartbreak prose, pieces about life experience, and words of inspiration to more in-depth writings about finding one’s power after abuse and abandonment, inner child wounds, acceptance, and harnessing different types of emotions as motivation for self-improvement—all with a little bit of flare, and then some. She doesn’t hold back, leaving her pages as open platforms for discussion and support within each community. “The main vision for my social media pages as they grew was to be an open journal of sorts where people can come together and find comfort and relatability within my words and among each other. I’m continually writing and posting most of my thoughts as they cross my mind, whether that involves experiences reflected on or those which have helped me in my journey that I hope will also help others relate and feel less alone. We’re all human, and we all feel the full spectrum of emotion, and I want to be a voice that reassures people they are allowed to feel the way they do without apologizing for it. And not just the emotions we have been taught are more acceptable to speak about. I’m referring to all of them. They all have a purpose for our healing and some of them aren’t pleasant to confront,” she says. “Many people feel alone because there is this guilt that is placed on us for feeling so harshly toward someone or an experience, when we should have apparently moved on. But everyone processes things differently, and there are layers to every situation and what has accumulated beneath the surface. Something that takes one person a few months to move on from could take another years. Trauma is extremely complex. No two people have the same story. And nothing is ever really black or white.”

From her debut collection to her latest release, Vivette’s work has been praised for its raw honesty, unflinching realism, and deeply thought-provoking themes. With each new book, the author has continued to hone their craft and take their writing to new heights with their 2 most recent collections following a darker, less conventional direction that retains a perfect balance of mystery and relatability.

Her latest release Graffiti Graveyard mimics the feeling of walking into uncharted territory while addressing themes such as turmoil, self-destruction, and rebirth. The author also writes about motivation, emotional wounds, the freedom of youth, navigating betrayal, neglecting oneself, and finding oneself at the other end. It also includes poetry and prose about intense connections, passion, and keeping a sense of wildness and chaos alive. “I didn’t want to shy away from the especially personal themes as a continuation from Grayscale and its unguarded, journalesque style. But I wanted to release a collection that represented the darker, more intense hues of life: the chaotic longing for somebody, an infatuation with the highs and the lows, and the blessings accompanying risk when climbing out of your comfort zone. I wanted to create another body of work where I didn’t have to tone down, hide, or present myself in a palatable way,” Vivette says. “It’s taken me a couple of years of experimentation within my books to truly feel comfortable in my skin artistically. I’m really excited about this latest release. It’s not what people are used to seeing from me if they’ve read my first few collections, but following Grayscale, it’s a more seamless reading transition toward what I’m about and where I’m headed.”

Samira mentions the direction of her work and its evolution throughout the years. “I think when you first begin, not creating, but sharing your art publicly, you’re subconsciously floating within the parameters of what is expected of you. It can take some time for your art to evolve with you as you make new experiences and shed old ideologies and conceptions. It’s about constantly challenging yourself, learning, and breaking the boundaries of what you were taught was impossible. I started venturing into topics in the past year that I expected would stir some less than favorable responses. I needed to throw myself in the deep end to grow as a person and a writer. As I explored the other side of behaviors I’d been speaking out on, I began appreciating ideologies I never held before and challenging norms, in my own way. I don’t hold back from showcasing the sides of me that aren’t aesthetically pleasing. I stand by this always: passion is crucial. Even if you’re too intense for most people. Speaking from a place of substance and openness, I believe, is necessary for us to become better acquainted with ourselves and what our souls require.”

She goes on to say, “I think writing can be about more than just telling a story. The right words strung together can invoke change and understanding, inviting people to think differently and see the world through a different lens and be more receptive to other perspectives. That’s what I strive to do with my work.”

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