Shon Houston is a transformative photographer, telling brand stories through his visual storytelling. Shon moonlights as a writer and spoken word artist from Dayton, Ohio. Shon is also the creator and host of The Uncommon Creative podcast, where he interviews creatives in professional industries around the world.
9 November Poetry Releases for Your Bookshelf
For the month of November, we wanted to provide our readers with a diverse list of new releases set to come out all month long. Here are a few of my personal favorites that I am looking forward to reading. Collected
Are You Still Watching?: Netflix and Poetry Pairings
Dear White People—To Keep From Undressing by Aisha Sharif Dear White People is about the experience of black students enrolled at a predominantly white Ivy League university. The exploration of identity, politics, and the rise of racial tension creates a dynamic
Poet Series Part 2: Breanna McGowan
Breanna McGowan is a poetry/spoken word artist residing in Dayton, Ohio. She has been writing for a couple of years now and is looking forward to what poetry will expand into in growing years to come. She is a caregiver
Writing Through Trauma: When the Klan Comes to Town
Armed with a microphone and speaker, poets spill their words from ear to ear across the lawn. A voice carries a message of love with a goal to stomp out the flames of bigotry. A poet, who is about fifteen,
Poetry Tattoos: Telling Our Stories with Ink
Many of us use poets’, musicians’, and artists’ words to help us define who we or give meaning to our personal experiences. Not all of us go boldly to a tattoo parlor and ask for these words to be bound
Jenna Clare Talks Creative Process and Poetry as Activism
From photography and graphic design to writing and videography, Jenna Clare laid out a masterful body of work in her self-published collection. She even found time to make a documentary, journalling her creative process.
From Lawyer to Poet: Leticia Sala Reflects on Being Published
Reimagine what today’s writers look like, where their words have taken them. Uncovering the seemingly endless possibilities of what an artist is today, Leticia Sala is a prime example of the unapologetic voice of the future of poetry.
“I Used to Love H.E.R.,” and I Still Do
“I Used to Love H.E.R.” by Common, a love song for hip-hop, has become my love anthem for poetry. Poetry made me fall in love with language more than anything else. I explored my relationships and failures on and off
When We Write For We: Maya Angelou and The Civil Rights Movement
Though Maya Angelou’s work spans past The Civil Rights Movement, her poetry has always been revolutionary, especially her famous poem, “Caged Bird”, in which she explores the liberation of black people from slavery.
New Poet Series: Leroy Bean discusses poetry, the black experience, and life as an artist
My audience is not afraid of the truth, and they have faith in the power of healing.
Underground Series: Dayton Poetry Slam
As an artist, finding a home where your artistry can live and breathe is a task only rivaled by finding your voice as a creative. For me, working as a creative has less to do with being an artist, and