The Darker Brother

27
Nov

Miami Book Fair

Miami Book Fair 2019 owes me nothing.

Actually, that would be an understatement. The Book Fair was a glorious gathering of literature, thought and community. Books, music, food were in order for the week, culminating in the weekend’s Street Fair.

I had the pleasure of sharing poems from my book, And the Walls Came Tumbling, along sid some amazing poets from around the country: Abigail, Chabitnoy, T’ai Freedom Ford and Ashley M. Jones. I was inspired by their passion and the thoughtfulness of their work.

With so many amazing things happening during the Fair, there was a little bit of something for everyone. Besides my reading, I was able to hear from other great voices like Hanif Abdurraqib, Edwidge Danticat and Staceyann Chin.

Being a presenting author with my first published collection of poems was an incredibly special experience. I am thankful to selection committee and those friends and supporters who shared the experience with me.

The Miami Book Fair is the “nation’s premier literary festival,” and continues to grow. Writers from all over descended on the Magic City for commune and conversation. I’m excited about the growth of the Fair and look forward to its continuing efforts to engage the Greater Miami community.

Literature/words/art must be felt/heard/breathed by the people and where the people are.

Literature that is alive and relevant has the potential to transform a people. It need not remain in books on shelves in buildings only visiting by a seldom few.

 

01
Oct

Cover article in Lifestyle Magazine

Mama, I made it! Someone saw fit to write a cover story about moi. Check out the amazing feature by Sally-Ann O’Dowd with extremely flattering photography by Eduardo Schneider.  Read article here.

 

 

07
Aug

Teen Writing Workshop w/ Miami Book Fair

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of facilitating a teen writing workshop sponsored by the Miami Book Fair. The Miami Book Fair is one of the more well-respected events of its kind in the nation. Beyond the amazing event that happens in November, numerous workshops and community events are held throughout the year under the Miami Book Fair banner.

My workshop featured some talented teens who were excited about the opportunity to spend their Saturday morning writing poetry. We focused on the power that an individual’s story has and the necessity that a poet, or any artist, is intentional about using their own authentic story to speak volumes. In the few hours we had, these poets started on the journey of creating some extremely in-depth work, and I look forward to working with them in the future.

15
Jul

South Florida Book Fair

And the Walls Came Tumbling hit the shelves in January. Six months later, I am a featured poet/author at the South Florida Book Festival.

The festival, being held at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale 33311) – July 19th and 20th, has invited me to be a part of their 8th annual event that will feature authors from around the country.

On Saturday, July 20th, I’ll have a short reading from 2:30-2:45, followed by a panel discussion in the gallery. Books will be on sale all day.

31
Mar

Respek the Mic!

Hosting is something that I do. Respek the Mic! is a monthly event near downtown Fort Lauderdale, but I, alone, am not at the helm. I’m bringing my Art Prevails Project crew with me.

Read more in this beautifully-written article.

31
Mar

Book Release and stuff

It’s been a little over a month since my book, And the Walls Came Tumbling, has been released by Omiokun Books.

Check out a quick recap of the release party we had in FATVillage in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

 

14
Jan

And the Walls Came Tumbling

ATWCT_Front

I am excited to announce that my debut collection of poetry, And the Walls Came Tumbling, is available to the masses.

This is truly a humbling experience for me, and I’m excited to share my work with the world. I’m honored to have been chosen by Omiokun Books for this venture. We hope that it has the impact we believe it should.

The book is both ode and elegy. It explores pain, purity, and pride. And pays homage to some of music’s greatest voices.

Please, go to andthewallscametumbling.com to order your copy today, and help us in our mission.

 

29
Aug

Writing Workshop

In conjunction with the City of Sunrise, I’ll be facilitating teen writing workshops in September. If you are (or know) a teen that’s interested in exploring and/or creative writing and poetry talents, then this is the right workshop.

Click on the link to register.

Series 1 – Teen Poetry Workshop 2018

15
Aug

Grant Recipient for The Happening

This summer, I was awarded a grant from the Broward Cultural Division and Community Foundation of Broward to support The Happening: A Theatrical Mixtape, Volume II. This short video recaps one day of the show where we performed for 200 middle and high school students.

12
Apr

Voyage MIA Magazine Interview

Check out the great interview in the latest issue of Voyage MIA Magazine. I ruminate, pontificate, and some other multi-syllabic words that mean cool things.

Read here.