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Justin Blackburn Returns

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Justin Blackburn began expressing himself through the written word at 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 Disabilties (2005). This novel caused quite an uproar in the underground world especially with lead singer of the acclaimed Fat Possum Record’s band Co., 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 2008 the highly acclaimed band Coma Cinema (www.comacinema.org) began using Justin Blackburn’s poems and turning them into songs. 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/house shows across the country including at the River Center For The Performing for the Georgia State Poetry Society as well Poetry And Pancakes, Brick City Poetry, Verse Works, Witsend, TRAM Arts Festival, Black On Black Rhyme, Converse College, Leaf Festival, Furman University etc; He has also written articles for such publications as 11:11 and The Industry. In 2010 Blackburn became a member of the New Danger Slam Team and performed wonders at the Southern Friend Poetry Slam.