“Without teachers, life would have no class.”

Welcome to the sixth installment of my #PayItForward series. If you’re a regular reader of this series, thank you. If you’re new, this is a series in which I talk about specific writers that I find highly inspiring.

Firstly, I want to give a special shout-out to Abuh Monday Eneojo who is HUGE contributor to this site. In recent weeks, the effort I’ve seen him put out to promote this platform is unparalleled and needs to be acknowledged. He also has a free, yes FREE anthology out called PIARY. For more information on that follow Abuh on Twitter @MondayDPoet.

Michelle Nadasi: I’ve always believed Michelle is one of the online writing community’s unsung heroes. She’s a fabulous writer, has had two chapbooks published and is generous to a “T” when it comes to helping out other writers. And yet, very often her name still flys under the rader. Michelle has also been one of my constant sources of inspiration when I’m down or had second thoughts about my writing projects. Give Michelle the credit she deserves by following her @MNadasi.

Piyali Roy Bhowmick: To best describe Piyali’s talent, I’ve always paraphrased Julius Ceaser’s famous saying: She came. She conquered. She left. Repeat. Piyali has not always been as active as other writers regarding social media (I envy her ability to do that) but each time she comes and writes something or shares her latest published material, my jaw always drops at the quality. One of the things I’ve always admired about Piyali’s writing is her ability to pack so much weight in the most succinct pieces. When I write pieces on platforms on which characters are limited (like Twitter), I find myself writing, deleting, re-wording till the piece expresses what I want. Then I look at Piyali’s writing and kick myself for not coming up with the ways in which she did. Follow Piyali on Twitter @Piyali_RB and on https://solitarysoulwithachaoticmind.wordpress.com.

Alex (@A22523): Alex is not only a very deep writer but very deep person as well. He is, without a doubt, a terrific writer and a very good artist as well. The quality I most admire about him, however, is his passion for the causes he believes in as well as his role as an activist. In a digital world where you never know who’s real and who’s not, Alex is one of the most genuine people I’ve came across. No pretense, no put-ons, no mirage, just a pure heart that expresses itself in its purest form through writing, art, friendship and social causes. Usually in this series, I always talk about the kind of writer I want to be but in this case, I aspire to be the kind of person Alex is. Give him a follow on Twitter @A22523.

Jennifer Hibbs: I’ve always called Jennifer’s poetry a therapy session and I mean that as the best possible compliment. Her words have always put me through a whirlwind of emotions be it mirth, sorrow or anything else in between. But one thing constant in everything she writes is cathartic. Whether it’s a sad piece or an upbeat piece, there is always an element of relatable factor and poignancy. When you’re sharing your writing on a mammoth platform like social media, it’s not always easy to reach out and touch every reader. Jennifer’s poetry does that. Follow her on Twitter @jbeanhibbs.

Elsha Hawk: Across various platforms of social media, there is some wonderful pieces of literature that paint a picture of the dark times of life. Admittedly, as fantastically written as those pieces are, they can get a bit heavy-handed to read after some time. That’s where Elsha’s writing comes in as the perfect balance. Her writing, whether sad or joyful is as powerful as anybody’s but with a heartwarming factor that puts a smile on your face even in the most troubled times. I’m not sure how she pulls that of but perhaps because there is a purity in her writing that can’t help but resonate with every reader. One of the other qualities I’ve admired about her is her unconventional route to reach a mass readership via her sci-fi series (co-written with Eddie-Joe Young). It’s one thing to promote poetry or short stories online but showcase a long and successful series is a whole different ball game. Follow Elsha’s writing on Twitter @ElshaHawk, on http://ko-fi.com/elshahawk and on http://hawkandyoung.com.

Do you follow independent writers on the online writing community? Who do you think deserves recognition on there and why? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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