Marisha is a clinician by trade and a writer by purpose. She has found comfort and enjoyment in writing since childhood. She began writing poetry in middle school and continued into adult years. She became a spoken word poet while attending college and began sharing her poetry publicly in 2010. A graduate-level alumnus of North Carolina Central University, her educational background, field experiences, observation, life experiences, and walk with God have been the backdrop for writing. Her topics generally include Christian living, hope, loving one’s self, social issues, courage, transparency, honesty, and overall personal growth. Inspired by her personal testimony, Marisha understands the importance of uplifting others, committing one’s self to God, emotional health, balance, and witnessing the transformation that is solely from Him. Her testimonies and desire to help others have been fueled by God’s redemption.
A few words from Risha...
Let's begin with "Call me Risha." My birth name is Marisha but you can call me "Risha." I'm a spoken word poet, blogger, writer, advocate, and editor. Just like everyone else, I'm a product of grace with a story to tell. I've had several experiences in which I found myself wanting to look and feel "the part." I carried myself in a way that was perceived as "cute" but I was uncomfortable. After several years and transitions, I have looked within myself to find who I truly am. So far, this is what I have: I am a plain Jane that has a passion for God, art, and helping others. As a result, God has given me the vision of this brand to use my passions as vehicle to sow hope, healing, growth, and encouragement.
I openly invite everyone to accept who they are and be comfortable without the burden of fitting into societal pigeon holes: secular humanist values, tradition, tax brackets, jean sizes, stilettos, hues, and etc. "Call Me Risha" is a brand that has established a form of resistance towards societal pressures of conforming for acceptance. It begins with learning and loving who you are. Honesty is the launch pad for such.
There is an elixir of experiences, failures, triumphs, observations, and testaments within me to present God's grace and power through writing and other forms of art.
I'm ready to share it with the world.