The anchor night of Free Verse will feature celebrated Trinidadian poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, award-winning New York slam poet Mike Rosen and Jacksonville, Fl. poet Tyquan Morton. Following the reading, there will be an afterparty in the Memminger courtyard, featuring Kolpeace and more.
About Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Born in Trinidad and raised in Queens, New York, Cheryl is the founder and curator of The Calypso Muse Reading Series and The Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series.
She is the mother of the late Malik Taylor (aka Phife Dawg) from the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Her fourth collection of poetry, Arrival, was published by Northwestern University Press and was reviewed by the New York Times.
A graduate of Stonecoast MFA Poetry Program, her poetry has been widely published in literary journals such as: Callaloo, Caribbean Erotica, So Much Things To Say: 100 Calabash Poets, Adrienne, Bowery Women’s Poetry, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Mom Egg Review and Pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture.
Boyce-Taylor was a finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize, the winner of the 2015 Barnes and Noble Writers For Writers Award
About Mike Rosen
Mental health advocate and spoken word artist Mike Rosen weaves spoken word with music on his new album Might As Well Dance (Timber Mouse Publishing, 2018).
In addition to performances at The Whitney Museum, Yale University and across India, Rosen has twice finished in the Top 10 at College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, was a Grand Slam Finalist at Rustbelt Regional Slam, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Urbana Poetry Slam and Intangible Slam. He was named Best Male Poet at the Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam. The former coach of the Wesleyan University slam team and Events Curator for Atlas Review, Mike’s work has been published in UpWorthy, Write About Now, Button Poetry, Chronogram and Insight.
About Tyquan Morton
Tyquan Morton, born in Charleston, South Carolina, is a poet, an English teacher, and an anti-Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence advocate. He paints the world with words to empower himself and anyone who’s willing to listen. Tyquan’s first book of poetry, Remembering Pluto, explores themes of joy and trauma, love and heartbreak, and discovering what it means to be human again.