Although we are getting ready to kick off National Poetry Month in another week and 9 days, I had to share this inspiring story now. I came across an article about a young man named Malcolm London who uses his experiences from his Chicago community, then channels his energy on creating something positive from these experiences through poetry. His young voice resonates with an epiphany of life as he knows it and paints a vivid picture of the reality he is surrounded by.
Malcolm London is a young poet, performer and educator who recently shared stages with Matt Damon and Lupe Fiasco in The People Speak, Live! Winner of Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival 2011 taking first place as individual performer and with his team, Malcolm has performed on stages at the Chicago Jazz Festival, The Vic Theater, The Metro, The Chicago Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, Victory Gardens Theater and in venues across the country. He is host of the largest weekly youth open mic in Chicago, YouMedia Lyricist Loft and is a member of UCAN’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Malcolm is an experienced teaching artist at Young Chicago. “I do not do what I do for money. I come from a place with no money and don’t expect I will ever have a lot of it. But I think that being a teacher and poet can be a viable career,” says Malcolm.
What an incredible young man, inspiring many in his community through poetry!