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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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1st Place at SlamCharlotte

I tallied my first win at a slam this past weekend, taking first place at SlamCharlotte. Honored to be competing with the likes of Mike Simms, one of the originals to do it here. Although I've placed before, and been on final stage before...winning was surreal. I shouldn't feel the need for validation from others from my art, but we all do, and the love I received from the judges and the audience definitely made me feel like the act of putting pen to paper is more than just hobby, more than just healing…Read more

Weddings & Anniversaries

So I don't consider myself a love poet. I actually stay away from that topic for various reasons. Not that I don't believe in love....just something I don't write about very often. Which naturally means I would be asked to write/perform a poem for a wedding and anniversary.

In July, I performed a custom poem for a "fairy tale wedding" on the Disney World Resort. That was an amazing experience and the poem was very well received.

Later in July, I performed a custom poem for a 20th wedding anniversay for a good…Read more

Four Magazine

My poem Elevators in Metropolis was posted in the September edition of FOUR Magazine. FOUR is the latest and greatest magazine promoting Charlotte and its boundless arts scene. In this edition you will find models, artists, stylists and interviews with shop owners highlighted. Charlotte truly has plenty to offer to the art world. Check them out at

I also got a chance to answer a couple of "get to know the contributors" questions, such as:

What would be your dream subject or muse?
A jam session…Read more

Long Time?

Its been a long time hasn't it? I bet you're wondering what I'm up to. Well aside from the many personal firestorms that have ripped their way thru my life recently (just like you I'm sure) I've been ok. Seriously, I have taken some time to step back and focus and get myself together. Haven't written as much, definitely haven't performed as much. That doesn't mean I haven't been working on my craft though. Actually, I have some exciting things coming up that I will share as soon as they are confirmed. For…Read more

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