Oak Park River Forest High School: Louder Than a Bomb

Oak Park River Forest High School: Louder Than a Bomb

Louder Than a Bomb is the Chicagoland area youth poetry slam. It’s put on by a wonderful organization called Young Chicago Authors (www.youngchicagoauthors.org). You may have heard about them recently because of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s generous donation to the non-profit. Louder Than a Bomb is the largest team poetry slam in the world. This year… Continue Reading

14th Anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.’s Passing

14th Anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.’s Passing

“The greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th/God bless his soul rest in peace kid/It’s because of him now at least I know what beef is.” -Canibus I didn’t listen to much music until I hit middle school; a product of circumstance. In junior high kids tend to define themselves by the music they listen to.… Continue Reading

Great Poems for Black History Month

Great Poems for Black History Month

Travis Nichols has humbly put together a really wonderful comprehensive list of must-read Black History Month Poems for the Huffington Post. Please check it out here: Great Poems for Black History Month. Some of my personal favorites from the list are “Unholy Women” by Chris Abani, “Flounder” by Natasha Trethewey, and “Gwendolyn Brooks” by one… Continue Reading

Learn Then Burn

Learn Then Burn

My poem “Hips For The Hop” was recently published in “Learn Then Burn: a Modern Poetry Anthology for the Classroom.” The book includes some of my favorite performance poets and is edited by my homies Tim Stafford & Derrick Brown. You can find it at amazon.com or straight from the publisher at www.WriteBloody.com. You can… Continue Reading

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