In keeping with the concept that a big part of our existence is to be a site where writers can be inspired, occasionally here at ShakesQuill I will post a story from another source about an inspiring artist or intriguing new works. Obviously, the other contributors are invited to post these types of stories, and other contributors and ShakesQuillers are encouraged to send me any stories they think should be featured.
While our main focus will remain our own work, reading about someone making their mark can be something that encourages us all. Which is why I chose to share this CNN story on poet Jon Goode:
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Goode studied economics and finance at James Madison University in Virginia. His Southern-laced vernacular alludes to a rural upbringing. His bookish style -- starched short-sleeve button up with tie, wire-rimmed glasses and a straw boater hat -- is straight out of a Harper Lee novel.
Friends liken him to "a civil rights leader that listens to rap music." Goode's spoken word performances are drawn from a collection of personal stories, most of which are true, he says.
The seasoned wordsmith rose through the ranks to deliver his rhymes to the spoken word mainstream. He's done writing stints and made appearances for Nike, Nickelodeon and CNN's "Black in America."
But it was after an appearance on HBO's "Def Jam Poetry" that Goode really started to get noticed.
Goode says the trek to renown was not easy. For several years, he sent the same demo tape to HBO, hoping to get picked up on Def Poetry Jam. They told him he needed to be more animated, theatrical.
Read the full story at CNN.com.
Find out more about Jon Goode at Laymen Lyric Production.