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Groundwater Episode 11 with Kimberly Simms

In this episode Kimberly Simms and I discuss art as a means of healing, how to take a journalistic approach to poetry, and her brand new book.

In her debut book of poems, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill, Kimberly chronicles the lives of textile workers in the Piedmont region with historical accuracy and imaginative insight. These are poems of sorrow, joy, and redemption that linger in the heart.

A graduate of Furman University (BA) and Clemson University (MA), her work has appeared in over 30 literary journals including the Asheville Poetry Review and the Broad River Review. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University.

She is the proud founder of Wits End Poetry, a non-profit now celebrating 15 years of creating South Carolina poetry events and educational outreach.

You can learn more about Kimberly Simms here:

http://www.kimberlysimms.com

https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyJSimms/

https://twitter.com/kimberlyjsimms

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Groundwater Episode 10 with Ceschi

Ceschi and I talk about touring Europe, breaking the 4th wall while performing, and what responsibility the artist has to the audience. Ceschi is one of the founders of one of the raddest record labels of all time, Fake Four Inc.

To learn more about Ceschi, check out his links

http://ceschimusic.com/

https://twitter.com/ceschi

https://www.facebook.com/ceschiramos/

http://fakefourinc.com/

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Groundwater Episode 9 with Ed Mabrey

Ed Mabrey is featured on Season 3, 5, and 6 of Verses and Flow. He’s an Emmy Nominee and a 4-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion.
He goes deep into his process and answers the ever-present question, does your art love you back?

To learn more about Ed Mabrey, check out these links.

http://www.edmabrey.com/

https://www.facebook.com/edmabrey

http://www.spitjournal.com/interviews/interview-ed-maybrey/

Groundwater Episode 8 with Monifa Lemons

Monifa Lemons and I talk about how to unapologetically invest in the craft of pursuing poetry.

Also recognized as SelahthePoet, Monifa began her poetic journey in Columbia, SC in the late 90s, where she hosted and featured at open mic venues for over 15 years. Originally from New York City, Monifa has studied theatrical arts most of her life and performed in plays, including Dreamgirls in SC at Workshop Theatre and Two Trains Running at Black Spectrum Theatre in NY. Most recently a published poet, her work can now be found in “Home is Where,” an anthology of Southern poets, edited by Dr. Kwame Dawes. She currently resides in Lugoff, SC where she is mommying her girls and writing daily towards her first manuscript.

She is the Co-Founder and Director of The Watering Hole.

Learn more about her at

https://twhpoetry.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/TWHPoetry

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cavecanemsouth/

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Groundwater Episode 7 with Bluz

In this episode we talk about snuff films, cash me outside, and how to get gigs at colleges. He literally went from performing at open mics to arenas.

To learn more about Bluz check out these links.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/article9082853.html

https://www.facebook.com/Boris-Bluz-Rogers-102490713144401/

https://twitter.com/mrbluz

https://www.instagram.com/bluzbluzbluz/

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Groundwater Episode 6 with Matthew Cuban Hernandez

In this episode Cuban and I have way too much fun and we discuss how he became best friends with Queen Latifah.

Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez is an international poet, teaching artist and Slam (poetry) coach from Jacksonville, Florida. Hernandez founded Shattered Thought, a youth poetry slam and mentoring organization that eventually contracted with the Duval County Juvenile Court Program to provide writing and performance workshops. He has since been invited to facilitate writing and performance workshops in schools and juvenile detention centers nationally and internationally. His craft training includes a residency with Leeds Young Authors (Leeds, West Yorkshire, England) and teacher training with Youth Speaks, a youth program that creates safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and use their voices as tools for social change. of 10 Hernandez received Jacksonville’s Youth Mentor of the Year award in 2005. Currently, he serves as a core FLOW instructor and Arts Program Educator at New Earth. He implements FLOW modules at five probation camps throughout Los Angeles County serving close to 500 boys and young men weekly. Additionally, he works closely with the New Earth Founder/Lead Instructor to develop and refine curriculum and design and implement the instructor training program.

Check out this sweet poem of his Button Poetry posted.

https://buttonpoetry.com/matthew-cuban-hernandez-challenger/

Hit him up at MatthewCubanPoetry@gmail.com

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Groundwater Episode 5 with Moses West

In this episode Moses West and I talk about battle rap vs. spoken word, illegal words, and how to throw dope shows.

He’s a poet and organizer out of Jacksonville, FL and he has BARSSSS.

To learn more about Moses West, check out these links.

http://jacksonville.com/arts/2017-01-06/moses-west-just-speak-your-truth

https://www.facebook.com/moses.west.3

https://youtu.be/eBHOeObCSQQ

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Groundwater Episode 4 with Dope Knife

In this Episode Dope KNife talks in detail about his creative process, his philosophy towards art, and his brand new album out now on SFdigi.

https://www.strangefamousrecords.com/news/dope-knifes-sfdigi-debut-nineteeneightyfour-drops-january-27/

To learn more about Dope KNife, check out his links here:

https://dopeknife.com/

https://dopeknife.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/knifeisdope/

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Groundwater Episode 3 with Marjory Wentworth

In this episode I talk with Marjory Wentworth, the Poet Laureate of South Carolina. We discuss the limits of forgiveness, the resilience of the Charleston community, and the function of America’s collective amnesia.

To learn more about Marjory Wentworth, check out her website here.

http://www.marjorywentworth.net/

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Groundwater Episode 2 with Elaina Valore

In this episode Elaina Valore talks about touring, vulnerability and art. She opens up about what it’s like to be a girl rapper in a dude-dominated scene. She also answers the ever-present-question, what exactly is a fuckboi?

To learn more about Elaina Valore, check out her links here:

https://elainavalore.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ladyvalore

https://soundcloud.com/elaina-valore

https://www.instagram.com/ladyvalore/

https://www.connectsavannah.com/savannah/valores-eurotrip/Content?oid=3637385

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