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Conney Williams is a Los Angeles based poet, actor and performance artist originally from Shreveport, Louisiana where he worked a radio personality. He has published two poetry collections “Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet (2002/2008)” and his latest, “Blues Red Soul Falsetto (2012).” His poetry has also been published in various publications and anthologies including Voices from Leimert Park; America: At the End of the Day; and The Drumming Between Us. He has appeared on stage and television. Conney was the 3rd Place winner in the Inner-City Culture Center acting competition in 1992. He has performed his poetry on television, radio, galleries, universities, grade schools, coffee houses, and stages around Southern California and across the country; including the Black Arts Festival. He is a talented public speaker with over 30 years of experience. He is a community activist and has worked with youth for over 25 years. He is formerly an ordained minister and Youth Pastor in the Church of God in Christ. He hosted a weekly cable television bible study and also recorded a gospel rap cd called L.I.F.E (1985). He is the Artistic Director at the World Stage in Leimert Park; and is a member and current Coordinator for the Anansi Writers Workshop. This workshop at the World Stage has produced some the most respected African American writers in the country. His has collaborated with artist Charles Bibbs on the production of WordArt; a monthly event of poetry, jazz, and visual art. He has hosted several poetry venues and been a curator for many poetry/jazz events throughout Los Angeles. He has been the Poet’s Stage Coordinator for the Leimert Park Book Fair for five of its six-year existence.
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