Posts Tagged With: Poet
Today on the Michigan Literary Network blogtalk radio show Sylvia Hubbard will interview J. Michael Collins. J. Michael is a writer, photographer, and publisher of SSW Magazine. Along with the Motown Writers Network J. Michael will host the June 8th Real Men Write Meet Up. Follow him on Facebook.com/Jwyenza Michael Collins, Twitter@sswmag, and www.sswmagazine.com
Later at 5:45pm Sylvia will interview Darold Gholston. Darold is a poet, songwriter and fine arts artist. His poetry book is “The Right Word: All Occasion Romantic Verses”
I am Caesar Torreano and poetry to me is greatness! Poetry is the friend who never abandoned me; the lover who’s always been faithful and the entity that never judges me for my past discretions. It is the air that I need to heal me, the eyes that I need to see me, and the voice I need to express myself; so I can be heard and so I can hear. If I can make one person feel the joy that I feel – that poetry has brought to me- my life would be more fulfilled. For its existence has made me a better man.
I chose the name “Caesar” because it means King and fearless leader in Greek.
I developed an interest in writing poetry when I was younger but I did not begin my poetic quest until three years ago when I first “spit” at Cliff Belles. Now I am fondly known as “a venue junky” because I enjoy going to two to three venues in one night. I enjoy poetry that much!
I am extremely diverse in my poetic writing. My poetry ranges from social injustices/conscious topics to love and/or erotic. I pride myself in discussing topics/situations or events in my pieces that, as men we never discuss. For that, I believe one poet’s poem can be another person’s moment of clarity. To my credit, I have a poetic album named “The Rise of an Emperor” where I demonstrate my poetic flexibility towards all life’s subjects.
I have been the host of Nandi’s Knowledge Café in Highland Park since 2012. My belief/motto is to provide a poetic haven where all people, regardless of where they come from, can come and perform, express and enjoy poetry in all formats. I want everyone who comes through the door to feel like they matter and are at home.
I have featured, participated and performed in many poetry showcases in the Detroit/Metro area. I have performed in a play for Poetically Speaking Productions and performed at the Jazz Café at Music Hall.
I am a Direct Care worker, father of five beautiful children and repair computers in my spare time.
I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child especially a child of poetry.
In an effort to support poetry month, check out Andrea Daniel today at 5:30 on Michigan Literary Network Blogtalk radio as she interviews Charles Madigan. Charles is a poet and coordinates the Oakwood Healthcare Creative Writing Program. Later on at 5:45 Andrea will interview Ann Holdreith another Detroit area poet who facilitates a number of poetry workshops. For more information about Ann check out her website at www.annholdreith.com
As poetry month is coming to an end, but not our love for poetry; we’d like to invite you to meet Alex Jones, another of Detroit’s favorite poets!
Alex Jones holds a B.A. in English from the University of Detroit Mercy, where he won the first place prize in the Dudley Randall Poetry Contest for 2010. He went with a group of students to present their poems at the annual symposium of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Additionally, he has been featured at various open mics around the city of Detroit, including the now-defunct Byte This Poetry Series and the Broadside Press Poets’ Theater. His poems have appeared in Detroit’s *Metro Times* newspaper as well as in *[sic]*, the student literary journal at UDM.
5 Questions with Alex…
What is it like being a poet in Detroit?
Well… let’s break that question down a bit. First: What’s it like being a poet? Being a poet means that you observe. You feel. You take in
everything, distill it to its essence, and then fire it back at people. At least, that’s my take. Detroit is a place that is like a mountain or a
cliffside. It can be absolutely beautiful, but it’s certainly not without its rough edges and pitfalls that can do quite a bit of damage to you if
you’re not careful. It has strong light and dark sides. Being a poet in Detroit, then, means that you’re never without inspiration for too long, I
guess. This is an incredible, unique place. If there isn’t something that can agitate your heart and move your pen here, I’d start checking your
Do you remember the first time that you read one of your poems? If so, what was that like?
I don’t know. I remember the first time I didn’t read one of my poems. It was 6th grade and we had to write a poem for class and the teacher wanted us to read them in front of the class. Well, I wrote mine about a girl that I really liked and I didn’t want to embarrass myself by reading it in front of the class because I was pretty sure she didn’t like me back. I asked him if I could get away with not reading it and he said sure. If I had to guess, the first time I read one of my own poems aloud would have been in my creative writing class freshman year of college. But it must not have left much of an impression if I don’t recall it clearly.
If you could have lunch with any poet in the world dear or alive, who would it be?
Shakespeare. I don’t know how much people realize this, but he added tons of words to the language that just completely didn’t exist before. I want to see what it took to do that. I want to see what kind of man could do that. That sort of fiercely creative spirit might be something that we
should all strive toward. Not that we need to make more words, I mean, but that we should all strive to create something that has a lasting impact. It’d be nice to get tips from the master on that.
What is your favorite type of poetry?
My favorite type of poetry is the poetry that makes you feel something intensely, whether it’s overwhelming unease from a poem that does an
incredible job of painting a picture, a narrative poem that makes me want to march in the streets, or a poem that manages to almost make me pee myself from laughing so hard. As long as it makes me feel something strongly, I like it. Ideally, it’d be well-crafted in addition to being
What inspires you to write poetry?
There’s a line from the Dudley Randall poem “A Poet is Not a Jukebox” that pretty much summarizes it for me. It’s “A poet writes about what he feels, what agitates his heart and sets his pen in motion.” It explains why some days, even though I don’t want to think about certain old relationships anymore, all I can do is scribble about them. Or why no matter how much I try to temper my temper when it comes to certain things, all I can write is anger. That’s not to say that one shouldn’t try to corral their writing when it comes time to refine or edit, though. But those moments where you just have to pick up a pen and put it to paper or else you won’t be able to get to sleep? That’s what the quote is for me. That’s usually what gets me writing.
Natasha Miller is the voice of wounds exposed, and the healing balm of poetry applied to the human spirit. The passionate 26 year-old Detroit, MI native is a writer, performance poet, author, publisher dedicated activist, producer, actress and an aspiring motivational speaker. Since her debut, just over four years ago, Natasha has proven to be a poetical powerhouse. After one year on the performance circuit, in 2007, she was crowned Detroit Poetry Slam team’s Grand Slam Champion, and has been a member of four National Poetry Slam teams. She has also been a Women of The World Poetry Slam top five finalist three out of the last four years once ranking as high as the third female slam poet in the World. Natasha continued her impressive record by leading and coaching her own slam team to a championship at the 2010 Midwest Rustbelt Poetry Slam, where she also came out ranking #2 overall in the individual competition.
Natasha has awed audiences across the country at universities, festivals and numerous venues including slams and shows like the famous Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, Vancouver Poetry slam, Seattle poetry slam, Girl Fest Hawaii and Chicago’s Green Mill. She has premiered on stages with celebrity actors and comedians Oscar award winning Mo’nique, Star of the movie “Paper Hearts” Charlyne Yi, Brandon T. Jackson, actor Malcolm Jamal Warner, legendary poet Jessica Care Moore, hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, and many more. Mo’Nique, impressed, personally invited Natasha to feature on her radio show. In 2010, she starred in a national commercial campaign for Sprite. In the same year, she released her solo spoken word album “Poetry for Change,” and featured in the stage play “The Revolution’s In The Ladies Room” produced by Jessica care Moore.
Natasha is currently ranked as the number 5 female slam poet in the World. She now produces the popular “Its Not About You” Poetry Slam Series. Recently she started her own publishing company “All I Wanna Say Publishing”, in 2010 she published her first book of quotes “Dreams Of A Beginner”, and in 2011 she published her second book “Coming Out of Nowhere” a Social Networking Memoir that allows readers to mentally and emotionally “log-in” to their favorite websites (Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube) and view the opinions of others on love, hate, suicide, tragedy, politics, religion, cyber-bullying, entertainment, mental illness, freedom of choice, homophobia, and all other things surrounding homosexuality by simply turning a page. She is currently working with popular video director Erica D Hayes on a documentary that focuses on prostitution and placement in the transgendered community. Natasha uses her words to enlighten, create equality, imbue life, and most importantly spread love and peace in the tradition of great leaders before her.
Questions with Natasha…
How old where you when you wrote your first poem? Do you remember what it was about?
I don’t remember what age I was exactly when I wrote my first poem. I think I was in high school, maybe 10th or 11th grade but I was not performing poetry at the time. I was 20 when I wrote my first performance poem it was titled “Black vs Black” and it was about black on black crime.
If you had to describe your poetry how would you describe it?
Forgiving. Fun. To the point. Vulnerable. Relatable. Not too up there, not too down there but exactly where I need it to be to reach who I need it to reach.
What is your favorite poem that you wrote? why?
My favorite piece varies from performance to performance. It all depends on what I had the most fun performing that night or that day. I write all of my poems with the same amount of sincerity and confidence so I can’t pick a favorite because they all contain the same amount of love…To me picking a favorite poem is much like picking a favorite child, I just can’t do it.
Who are some of your favorite poets?
Mahogany Browne, William Evans, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudy Francisco, Andrea Gibson, David Blair, Jamal “Versiz” May, Sierra Demulder and plenty more. I love slam and performance poets so I named a few.
What inspires you to write poetry?
My strong desire for peace inspires me to write poetry.
Thanks to the kind people at the association for the study of African American life & history –ASALH, for sharing these tickets to ” the Heroine Poetry Slam, Sunday march 25, 7:30 – 11, at the Detroit historical museum, hosted by t. miller.
These tickets were sponsored by The Detroit Association of Black Women’s Club Inc. A lot of people don’t know but our city houses on of the oldest black women’s association in the nation. For more information, please call (313) 873-1727. They are located on 5461 Brush St., Detroit, MI, 48202.
Hence Motown Writers Network would like to donate them to the 1st person to make a comment at the end of this post that highlights Poetess Natasha Miller on the Motown writers network website on today.
Nobody big:star of a sprite commercial, author and traveling poet. Glory to God at all times. Lesbian activist, humbled often.
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