Interview with Poetry Matters

Poetry Matters recently released a video of my interview during the Multicultural Open Mic for Arts in the Heart! Check it out!

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Mutli-Cultural Reading: Spoken Word Poems

Below is a video of my performance at the multi-cultural open mic. I read two poems called “A Savage Yawp” and “American.”

I hope you enjoyed these poems, seriously. I might post videos of other performances of either separately. The second poem is defintiely one of my favorite.

The open mic was hosted by LadyVee DaPoet, as part of Poetry Matters. Poet Big Bailey videotaped this performance and posted it. Many thanks to him. You can find his channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/BiGBaileysBeats

Thanks for watching and reading.

Arts in the Heart, Last Day

More great poetry occurred today on the Troubador Stage. Mahogany Lounge, Augusta’ s premiere spoken word experience, hosted a teen poetry slam. Yours truly participated.

Nine great teen poets competed on Broad Street, and a poet friend of mine Sasset West won. Hopefully, she might join the Young Artists for Change showcase line-up. More info on that showcase coming soon.

Why I really wanted to make it down to Augusta was to meet Jon Goode, a Def Jam Poet from HBO. I’ve heard a few of his poems and am a fan. He is currently touring, performing tonight at Mahogany Lounge. It was quite cool, him knowing loads of poets that I really admire. This is all very exciting news for me, anyways. Was an exciting day. I’ll share with you, before I go, one of Goode’s poems.

Arts in the Heart Poetry

Today I attended a very cool poetry performance featuring performers from around South Carolina and Georgia. Poetry, if you do not know, is extremely important to me. It gives me a platform and a voice.

I read first a poem that won during the Poetry Matters contest last Spring. This same poem is going to published in “My World,” an anthology by The Live Poets Society of New Jersey. That poem is about the state of our public education system, called “A Savage Yawp.” I also performed a poem called “American.” Hopefully, I can post videos of both poems fairly soon.

While over there, I got to see some really amazing performances. Poets form such an awesome community. I encourage you to go check out some of the websites I gleaned when I was there:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYyyxMGQ1N8

http://www.reverbnation.com/elja

http://www.reverbnation.com/enfinite

Also, I’d like to introduce to you to a poet who definitely inspires me, Catherine the Great. I’ll post a link to her youtube channel so you can check her out:

http://www.youtube.com/user/czickgraf?blend=21&ob=5

If you have any local poetry readings or artist events, remember to go support them. You will keep people like me from playing on street corners trying to get their voice heard. More poems and poem videos coming soon. Remember to like my facebook page too so you can get awesome updates straight to fb. Just click that blue button off to the right!

I’ll keep y’all informed on all the poetry business for me!