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All The Things

Poet. Spoken Word Artist. Slam Poet. Teaching Artist. Published Author. Educational Consultant. Speaker. Program Director. Workshop Leader. Father. Star Wars Fan. (this is where the list starts taking a turn). Introverted Spark Plug. Extraverted Closed Box. Opening Headliner. Funny in the moment but not on purpose.


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New Chapbook Available - Black Mythology

My new chapbook, Black Mythology, is now available. Designed exclusively for my 'a Ward tour', Black Mythology makes a parallel journey between mythology/mythos (Greek, Star Wars, etc) and Hip Hop. The book specifically parallels the lyrics to Juicy by Notorious BIG.

You can purchase Black Mythology here

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New Album Download Available - All The Way Live

My new album, All The Way Live, is a project that incorporates live audio recordings of my performances with original hip hop beats engineered by a local producer. I always try to give the listener a chance to experience an album the way they experience a feature of mine, including the sounds from the rest of the audience. I think All The Way Live does a great job of giving both a produced sound and a live feel at the same time.

You can purchase All The Way Live here


NaPoWriMo 30/30

April being National Poetry Month, many poets each year engage in 30/30 (30 poems in 30 days). I did something similar in November of 2015 as a primer to get me ready for this moment, this now. I am participating in this writing gauntlet for the first time and I am intimidated. I am a slow writer, meaning it takes me months to write and edit a piece before I'm willing to share it with anyone. The prospect of sharing unedited work that I just wrote is just downright scary. Maybe you feel the same way? If so…Read more
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IWPS Cometh

What a whirlwind! After a summer filled with workshops, practices and Brave New Voices, I've finally been able to devote some time to my own poetry. Specifically that means getting ready for IWPS...which is exactly 2 weeks away. Fortunately, I've had help from Bluz, Carlos Robson and Quentin Talley who have generously offered their time to help me be at my best for the competition. I'm confident in the work I'm taking to DC, but with their help in molding the performance and physical interpretations I'm…Read more

Slams, Youth and Balance

Since the last time I've updated my status, I placed 2nd at LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) poetry slam....(which is a pretty big deal, some of the best poets in the entire southeast), and placed first in the Lyrical Elevation slam (again, big deal...$500 draw, against some of the best poets in NC..blah, blah).

By far though, the best thing in my life from a poetry standpoint has been working with youth poets via BreatheInk ( Terry, Jessica and I teach workshops on writing and…Read more

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