South Carolina's finest Author Poet Justin Blackburn

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Author Justin Blackburn Justin Blackburn,( Greenville , SC ) began laughing at himself around the age of six and has not looked back. In collaboration with Kenny Norsworthy, Blackburn created a controversial stir with the US Government with their powerful novel Gifted Disabilities, (2005). This novel caused quite an uproar in the underground world especially with lead singer of the acclaimed Fat Possum Record’s band The Company, Brian Hannon who published a collection of Blackburn and Norsworthy’s early poetry It’s Hard To Get There When You Are Already There which led to Justin Blackburn being voted Upstate Poet Of The Year in The Beat Magazine in 2007. In 2009 Blackburn had two chapbooks of poetry published the hilariously wild Farting Fire by Virgogray Press and the emotional cleansing Female Human Whispers Of Strong Masculine Gentleness by Shadow Archer Press and became the highest seller for both publications. Blackburn has had hundreds of poems published through the literary world in magazines, literary journals, zines, and anthologies including Fissure Magazine, Semantics, Left Behind Literary Journal, Speed Poets, Open Mind’s Quarterly, Decanto, Angel Voices, A &U’s America AIDS Magazine etc. He has featured and performed in numerous venues/colleges/high schools across the country including Brick City Poetry, Verse Works, Witsend, TRAM Arts Festival, Converse College, Leaf Festival, Louder Arts etc; In 2010 Blackburn became a member of the New Danger Slam Team as well as having his words featured throughout the music world due to the success of Coma Cinema who took lines and based songs on his poems.