Poetry readings from the following poets:
Celestine Hinnant (Host) - is excited and honored to appear once again on her hometown stage. This retired NC native is author of “The Awakened Pen – Poetic Expressions from the Heart” and is an avid lover of poetry, music and theatre. She is always ready to capture any moment by putting pen to paper and bringing words to life through poems. When she is not writing, she can be found performing with local theatre companies like Garner’s own Show ‘N Tell Ministries’ in productions like “Duty” and “68”; or in her most recent performance with LiVMahob Productions, where she performed at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem in Moses T. Alexander Greene’s history making “Pooled, A Gospel Musical Drama”.
Lawrence “Law” Bullock, a native of Fayetteville is the founder of M.U.G. Photography. Along with photography; Law is a spoken word artist/poet, motivational speaker, published author having published two books entitled “Poetry My Memory” and “Anatomy of My Love Poem.” As a poet; Law has been published in “Array NC” magazine, “Breadcrumbs” online magazine and “Beyond the Sea” anthology book series. As a spoken word artist; Law has taken part in numerous festivals including, Southern Fried Poetry Festival, the West End Poetry Festival, the SERNC Poetry Festival, the Down East Flick Fest, and the Black History Cultural Art Experience. Law considers himself an all-around creative placing his faith in everything he does; refusing to limit his horizons as he continues to elevate.
J. Dwayne Garnett is an Empowerment Speaker and Love Advocate from Augusta, GA, now, living in the Raleigh-Durham area. He has nearly 20 years of experience in Higher Education and is committed to motivating and mentoring individuals of all ages to obtain and sustain effective life management skills. A continuation of this desire led to the creation of Altar and Dwelling Place Inc., a nonprofit that he and his lovely wife, Lalita founded to promote character, Social, Leadership Development, and the home of "Love Is A Parable." Love Is A Parable” is designed to provide love education, love advocacy, and love wellness, with an attempt to encourage others to perpetuate unity, love, and random acts of kindness. Together, he and his wife are the proud parents of two beautiful girls, Lailani and Lanaila.
Imani Horton, also known as Imonylowd, is a 25 year old soul singer and poet. She was born, raised, and still resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Growing up Imani loved the arts, and knew that God would use her in a mighty way to encourage, inspire, and lead people to freedom through art as she got older. Imani attended and graduated from Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and from Liberty University in 2016. Since then, Imani has been pursuing music and poetry full time in hopes of making it her permanent career. When she gets on a stage to speak she seeks to empower and push people to pursue their dreams, find their purpose, and walk in the purpose they've been created for. She loves people, and being able to be a light in a world that stays hungry for a good shine.
Sherman Williams - With over 16 years of writing and performing to his credit, DS always sets out to amaze his listeners with inward rhyme schemes, adroit wordplay, gesticulated performance, and topical subjects. Be it through his skill as an MC, his ability as a poet, or serving as the voice of the jettisoned, he has realized the power of the spoken and “non-spoken” word! DS Will has always been aware that writing can be a form of expression, a way to educate, or a means of healing. It is this belief that has allowed him to be a very integral part of the Triangle's poetic community.