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Joe Davis      

Poet. Author. Activist.

Born in the humble prairies of Minot , ND, the son of a Jamaican immigrant mother and a hard-working Chicagoan father, I was raised in home chilled by piercing winters and uncertain transitions yet warmed by a family full of faith, hope, and love. My parents and older sister nourished my creativity and imagination at an early age, planting a seed which would only grow with the encouragement of classmates and teachers. When my passion for words was first realized it was simply therapeutic, a cathartic release for struggles I kept quietly to myself. However, it wasnt long before my poetry was recognized at home, school, church, and throughout community, where I began to actually identify myself as an artist. I learned that my words could be used to offer hope and healing to others who had experienced similar problems and pains. Poetry became a passage for unity and understanding, an outlet for my soul, a place to articulate my triumphs and tragedies. Since this discovery Ive seized nearly every performance opportunity among peers and like-minded artists, propelling a growth and challenging a mastery of my craft, a never-ending quest that continues to this day.

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