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Michael Anthony Ingram

Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio


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The mission of Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio is to provide a live format for emerging, mid-career, and established poets to showcase their work. Whether traditional poetry or spoken word, the show offers an online vehicle for artists to engage in critical dialogue and discussion about poetry. If you would like to be a guest on QL: POR, please contact the host Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram at Dr. Ingram is a retired university professor and social change activist. A Washington DC resident, he is committed to employing the arts, specifically poetry, to disseminate information and raise awareness about issues related to power, identity, and oppression. Known widely as the Counseling Poet (, he has gained an international reputation as a spoken word artist and performance poet. A 2015 Pushcart poetry prize nominee, he has traveled extensively, reciting his works and conducting workshops on building cultural competency and empathy skills through poetry and metaphor.

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Maureen Mays is a published author of The Color of Life in the House of Mei, Love Still Smiles on Dark Days, Because She Had Something to Say and Married: It's Complicated. Writing has been a therapeutic pastime that was discovered in her teenage years. Her love for writing was rekindled after many years of being a closet writer. She now Blogs, speaks, writes, and encourages others to not only embrace their talents, and dreams but more importantly embrace their God given purpose. Maureen served in the United States Army Reserves a military police officer and civil affairs specialist. She is a devoted mother of two children. They both share her love of philanthropy by giving back to their church and community. They also share her love of entrepreneurship as they watch and strategically create, study, and embark on business opportunities. She is a local resident of the DC metro area. She attended Howard University and later graduated from the University of Maryland. She enjoys painting, cooking, live music, gardening, and enjoying life to its fullest. Maureen is available for speaking engagements and public appearances.
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Nicole Verrone wrote Nest of Stars over six months, after a twenty-year hiatus to raise four daughters. Born in North Carolina, she spent summers on her grandparents' dairy farm where the poetry of an uncle lost in a tragic car... more

Francis DiClemente Biography: Francis DiClemente lives in Syracuse, New York, where he works as a video producer. He is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Outward Arrangements: Poems (2021) and Dreaming of Lemon... more

Scott Simmons is the editor in chief of The Dope Fiend Daily and his poetry has appeared at the Anti-heroin chic, Medusa's kitchen, Duane's Poetry, Horror Sleaze Trash, Under The Bleachers, The Black Shamrock Magazine, and The... more

Jake St. John spends his nights in a cabin on the edge of the woods. He is the author of several collections of poetry including Night Full of Diamonds (Whiskey City Press, 2021), Snow Moon (Holy & Intoxicated Publications, 2019) and... more

Serena Agusto-Cox, a Suffolk University alum and volunteer with the Gaithersburg Book Festival, was one of the first featured readers of the DiVerse Gaithersburg reading series. Poems can be read in The Magnolia Review, MacQueen's... more

James Coats is a poet, performer, and educator born in Los Angeles and raised in Southern California. With a passion for all things creative, he strives to capture authentic self-expression through his work whether photography, painting or... more

I began writing as a way to express intense emotions. I tend to write more when I have negative emotions. At first, the only people I shared my poetry with were my therapist and my mom. I actually did not even know I was writing poetry. I was... more

Robert Garnham has been performing comedy poetry around the UK for ten years at various fringes and festivals, and has had two collections published by Burning Eye. He has made a few short TV adverts for a certain bank, and a joke... more

Celia Drill is a native Californian currently living in Wisconsin. She has published two volumes of poetry, Body of Crimson Leaves, with Backwater's Press, and Awake Through Dreams with Little Red Tree Press. She has just completed her... more