Name: Dornel Phillips
Alias: D-Nice Keoma
Profession: Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Author, Graphic Designer, Web designer, UX Designer, IT Professional.
Brief History: Museum of My Soul (M.o.M.S) has been twelve years in the making. I first discovered I had a passion for poetry freshman year of university. I attended an event called Diverse Expressions. It was a student talent exhibition and it was my first real exposure to spoken word poetry. From that moment onwards I was hooked. 2008 in my dorm room, that is when I wrote my first poem. Not too long after, I shared the first pieces with a friend who encouraged me to keep writing as they believed I had potential. Fast forward 4 years later, it was with the encouragement of another friend that I took another step and that was performing. The rest as they say is history.
After years of writing and sharing on social media, many had asked when the book was coming. I was intrigued by the idea but reluctant. The idea, however, I kept in the back of my mind. In the years after university, I still wrote and performed, and even joined a poetry collective briefly. Poetry had now become a permanent part of my identity and many now knew of me because of it. Poetry then became a catalyst for my other creative endeavours. I started fusing my melodic writing style with old R&B classics like Distant Lover. Wanting to stand out while on stage, led me to create custom tops and hats. I created a logo and each top design was uniquely me. Others were instantly intrigued and I felt I was on to something.
I took an unintended break for over a year of no poetry-related activities. You know life gets in the way. At the end of 2019, it was time to end my hiatus, with a new decade approaching and the life changes I'd gone through. This was the ideal time to write a book. But what would be the theme? Over the years people had grown to enjoy my poems on relationships, and after going through my own set of relationship ups and downs it seems the theme had decided itself. The working title for the first book was to be The Time It Took to loosely relate to the time it took for me to finally write a book. However, when going through my poems to find ones that fit the theme. I stumbled upon an unfinished poem with the line Museum of My Soul, it resonated and represented perfectly what the theme was about. I was after all granting others access to my life through this book. Each poem plays the part of an item and artifact of time in my life and relationships.Purpose of the Site/Store: To conclude, 6 books and 8 months later, I created this site. Not only selling books and clothing but giving greater insight into me. So I hope you're curious enough to purchase one of my products. I promise you, my work won't disappoint.