She says "My particular style of poetry is connected to the roots of Memphis, Tennessee. It is a mixture of soul and struggle. It is derived from pain and transformed into art, just as the city of Memphis has been transformed into an expression of art after decades of struggle." Originally from Moscow, TN, Carin began discovering her writing talent between the early ages of seven and nine. She began performing on a higher level during her collegiate years starting in 2002. She says that the best part about being a Spoken Word artist is when she's on the stage pouring her heart, soul, and energy into a poem in which the audience relates to and finds moving and/or life-changing. "That lets me know my writing, praying, and performing was not invain. A lot goes into performing on a level that truly moves a crowd; such as gestures, voice modulation, stage presence, and so on. I had to learn that words, alone, doesn't make a poet a great performer but many other factors help to enrich the art of poetry. God gave me my talent after many years of me reading the works of Dr. Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. I decided I wanted a talent of my own, so I asked for it, and it was given. All I had to do was work to perfect it." She participates regularly in poetry slams and open-mic nights all over the country. She says that she will gladly perform anywhere there is a microphone; no discrimination. Her major aspirations include becoming an International Spoken Word Artist and a basketball coach, someday. She would also like to start a Writeous Soul Youth Foundation, which will focus on enriching our youth in every way possible. She recently recorded her inspirational Spoken Word CD entitled, "Writeous Demo'lition." Updates on more of her upcoming shows between now and the remainder of the year will be made available on my Facebook Fan Page, "Writeous Soul."
Writeous Soul's Memphis Favs
Zodiac Restaurant & Lounge and Paragon Souls of Art
I come from a place of survival, so I've learned to become a survivor. I was in a fire in which two of my cousins were killed. Therefore, the Memphis Fire Museum is a constant reminder, although, the fire took place in Moscow, Tennessee, not in Memphis. Whenever I travel with the YMCA as a Child Care Counselor to the museum, I am reminded of why I must succeed. I am reminded of why I must keep going. I am reminded of why quitting is not an option because, very easily, it could have been my life taken that night. Therefore, I aim to succeed because if I succeed, we all would have succeeded.