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Join us in celebrating Black History Month with Poets Write Black History!

Purchase virtual tickets to join via Zoom or join us in person at Sims Library of Poetry.



Queen Ashay

d2 (D Squared)

Felicia E.

Tommy Domino

Mr. Loving Words 

Ron L. Dowell


Albert Starr

and more!

About the Poets

Pw, a 23-year-old author, poet, and educator whose work, featured in Writer’s Pocket Anthologies has left a mark on literary landscapes. As a co-founder of Tuskegee University’s “Skegee Speaks,” Pw nurtures writing communities. Pw’s debut poetry collection, “Fever Memory,” published by World Stage Press, is not only a testament to creative depth but is also housed in branches of the LA Public Library. With over 100 performances at open mics including venues like WAN in Houston and DPL in Los Angeles, Pw’s impact resonates across literary and educational spheres.

Queen Ashay is an merging artist both in the literary and music industry. Ashay brings to her performances an in depth, fresh and inciteful perspective of the African American's Diaspora cultural experience. Her voice is strong and her influence is persuasive. As she sings lyrics and recite verses that immerges the soul into a personal space of positive creative writing consumption. Ashay is an purveyor of sonorities and words that captivate the imagination.

Ron L. Dowell holds two master's degrees from California State University Long Beach. In 2017, he received the UCLA Certificate in Fiction Writing. His short stories appear in Oyster Rivers Pages and Writers Resist. His poetry resides in Troublemaker Firestarter and The Opiate.

James Coats is a poet, performer, and educator born in Los Angeles and raised in the Inland Empire. With a passion for all things creative, he strives to capture authentic self-expression through his imagistic narrative poetry. You can find him attending poetry readings throughout California or follow him on Instagram @MrLovingWords.

A poet and spoken word artist blends her African American experiences with theological training in "Becoming Aware" and
"A Mother's Solace: Healing Words."" Inspired by divine revelations, she challenges wisdom perceptions in "Qoheleth, The Teacher / Qoheleth, My Muse."

Felicia E. is a poet, writer and performer. She’s been published in various anthologies and journals. And a Feature at libraries, festivals and museums. Her book “Southern Spiced: A Brown Girl’s Tale,” is a Readers Choice Book Award-Finalist. And was on your with the Michigan State University Social Justice exhibit/Mellon Foundation.

Member of the Stillwater’s Writers Collective since (2012-Pres). Member of the Watts Writers Workshop II (2018-Pres). His book Switches, Hot Wheel Tracks & Extensions Cords was published by World Stage Press (2018) Member of the poetry collective Never Speak Long Beach who featured at The House of Blues, Anaheim (2022). Community Literature Initiative Teacher of the Year (2022) Teaches the Long Beach Poetry Cohort for the Community Literature Initiative (2020-Pres.) "

Albert Starr, Jr. draws on the power of poetry, song, drama and art to enhance his capacity as a storyteller. His recently released book “Late Night Offerings & Morning Prayers, is an intentional blending of commentary and prayerful reflection on the stuff that keeps us up at night.

Isaac Sundiata has a history of participating and excelling in the arts with material grounded in the African American cultural experience.  He was a regular contributor to KPFK’s Freedom Now Radio Program and a house poet on Afrodisia. Sundiata’s work has been included in several national and local publications. The founder of Griot Cafe, a community arts night at Shades of Afrika in Long Beach, he has also sponsored poetry workshops, open mic venues, and presentations at local public schools in support of other poets.

Keep Up With The Authors On Instagram!


@ashayspoetrynmusic and @ashaymathieu







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