He goes on stage and brings the audience to ease, with a subtle humor and humility that lucidly oozes out of him. Samip Dhungel is a spoken word poet by passion and a civil engineer by trade. He engineers words into woven pieces of himself and takes the audience on a short voyage of his stories through spoken word poetry. Here’s what he has to share about his writings and the transition from a page to the stage.


How long have you been into writing?
I have been writing since I was in school. It started with one of those creative exercises that my teacher would make us do. The teacher would read the first part of the story and the students would finish the story at home. I think that was what got my imaginative gears rolling.


How did you shift from story-writing to spoken word poetry?
About the transition, well, I don’t really know how I got into writing poetry but I am sure it was due to multiple inspirations. Listening to hip-hop and rap music did influence me to write. I would write a little bit in college magazines and an English professor at my university gave me a hand out about the first slam poetry competition in 2010. I didn’t take part but it got me interested, so I joined the Facebook Group, ‘Word Warriors: A Poetry Slam Group.’


 Tell us about your experience performing for the first time.
I was very nervous during my first performance. I remembered my lines, took in the tips and tricks from Sarah Kay’s workshop and decided to do it. It was awesome.

What are you up to right now and what are your plans?
I am currently involved in a project called ‘Write to Speak’, where I will have the opportunity to inspire more people to experience the magic of poetry. My plans for the future will always involve doing spoken word poetry.


Does that mean you will be giving up on engineering?
I am not really sure about giving up engineering. I’d prefer doing things in balance perhaps; after all, what engineering has taught me is to find that equilibrium.


What do you think of the spoken word poetry scene in Nepal right now?
I think the Word Warriors have established themselves as a strong group that promotes spoken word poetry. We are here to provide a platform for anyone who wants to learn, be a part of the scene and also to people who would like to listen and witness poetry. Also, I have come to know about a few events and slam competitions that are being done independently from the WW in colleges and by independent educators who are looking to include spoken word poetry in their teaching module, which is great.