30 Poems in 30 Days June Challenge

Every April, many poets commit to writing 30 poems in 30 days as a special National Poetry Month challenge. Although I love this generative exercise, April has proved to be a tricky month for me due to academic deadlines as a student and educator. A few years ago, some friends and I started doing a summer challenge as a substitute. I love these challenges for the camaraderie they build and the freedom to write crappy poems. It’s impossible not to write crappy poems because any energy you’d like to use towards fine-tuning must instead go towards churning out the next day’s poem.

As a result, I rarely come out of the experience with fully formed work, but I write what would otherwise not exist and quite often create the fertile soil that sprouts new poems in July and onward. In fact, a lot of the poems featured in my past two manuscripts began during one of these 30/30 challenges. We’re gearing up for another one at the start of June. If you’re interested in joining us, you can sign up via this link. I hope everyone’s hanging in there and staying safe. Write on.

Northwest Shows This Week!

Hello Friends! I just touched down in Portland and am elated read at a few shows in the Northwest this week!

Sunday, 4.1 – Portland Poetry Slam
Monday, 4.2 – Vancouver Poetry Slam
Wednesday, 4.4 – Rain City Poetry Slam (Seattle)

Below are my goals for my mini tour. I hope to hit at least three out of four!

1. Read & hear poems
2. Meet people.
3. Have fun.
3. Bring professional basketball back to the good cities of Vancouver and Seattle.

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Everything Has a Place now shipping.

12496274_10103633434255430_6392492177955504062_oHello Friends! After nearly selling out of books at the book release show, I am elated to announce a new shipment of Everything Has a Place has arrived, and I can now begin shipping books out of town. If you’d like to purchase one ($10 + $5 Shipping & Handling), you can visit my merch page.

Alternatively, if you’ve already received a copy and want to tell people about it, you can visit the book’s Goodreads page here.

Every Song Has a Place (Mixtape Playlist)

Because publishing a book is a good excuse to make a mixtape, here’s “Every Song Has a Place,” a playlist inspired by my book, Everything Has a Place, which will find itself in people’s hands tonight. I’ll have a few extra copies on hand at the release show.

1. Onra and Quetzal – In My Place
2. Monsters of Folk – The Right Place
3. David Ruffin – Rode By the Place (Where We Used to Stay)
4. Diana Ross & the Supremes – Baby Love
5. Beyonce – Love on Top
6. Al Green – Tired of Being Alone
7. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
8. Beauty and the Beast – Gaston Song
9. Drake – Marvin’s Room
10. Holly Maxwell – Only When You’re Lonely
11. Otis Redding – Pain in My Heart (Live at the Whisky a Go Go)
12. Earth, Wind & Fire – September
13. Coco O – Where the Wind Blows
14. scoop x on planets – Too
15. Akon – Locked Up (or Exile – Fly feat. Blu, depending on your copy)
16. The Sylvers – High School Dance
17. Clarence “Frogman” Henry – Ain’t Got No Home
18. Donny Hathaway – Magnificent Sanctuary Band
19. Freddie Scott – (You) Got What I Need
20. Lester Bowie Brass Fantasy – Two Become One
21. Etta James – I Got You Bab (JR Dynamite’s Back to Funk Edit)
22. Objectiv One – This Is How We Do It (South Central Jazz Festival Mash Up) (Montell Jordan Vs. Hubert Laws)
23. Kirk Franklin – I Smile (New Orleans Bounce Mix)

New Show: 1.16.2016

Hello Friends! It’s been over a year since my last post, so right (write?) about now seems like a good time for an update: I’m planning a new show for January 16th! I can’t divulge too many details yet, but I can tell you it’s happening in New Orleans and it will be recorded. I’ve spent the last year writing and testing new poems at various readings, and I’m excited to share this collection of my newest, most personal work in January. More details to come.

A Few Updates!

It’s been over 13 months since my last post, and I’m amazed this site isn’t completely overtaken by crabgrass. A few updates on things that have happened since October 2013: Team SNO made it back to the National Poetry Slam finals in Oakland, where we placed third overall. I also had the privilege of experiencing my first Individual World Poetry Slam this October in Phoenix, and it was incredible. I’ve added videos from both events (filmed by Button Poetry) on this site’s Videos page. See you in 13 months! (Just kidding)

10708170_10154695063745442_1959768237_nDesiree Dallagiacomo and I perform “The Friend Zone” at the National Poetry Slam Finals stage. Photo by Spit Journal

10723518_10154695064565442_1262196632_nKaycee Filson, A Scribe Called Quess? and I perform “FML” at the National Poetry Slam Semi-Finals. Photo by Spit Journal

Team SNO at the National Poetry Slam Finals

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Hey Y’all! In August my squad, Team Slam New Orleans, won the 2013 National Poetry Slam for the second year in a row.  I posted about it over on my Tumblr, but I forgot to mention it on this page.  You can check out all of the incredible NPS finals action here:

(Team SNO’s timestamps below)

Team SNO timestamps:

1:07:30 – Scars

1:36:00 – Hush

1:50:00 – Supervillains of Gotham Group Therapy Session

2:00:00 – FML

I am so proud of my teammates (A Scribe Called Quess?, Kaycee Filson, Sam Gordon and Akeem Martin) for working so hard all year and shining all week. Cheers to all the poets, volunteers and audience members for making the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville so darn amazing.