Poet Darius Daughtry
Join us on Sunday, March 24 at 3 pm to hear dynamic South Florida poet Darius Daughtry read from and discuss his debut collection And the Walls Came Tumbling. Afterwards, Darius will be pleased to sign copies of his book, which are available in the bookstore.
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Equal parts praise dance and eulogy, And the Walls Came Tumbling is full of vulnerable, introspective poems that explore societal constructs – race, class, gender – and questions their existence on our lives. Drawing inspiration from and paying homage to emcees and crooners, alike, these poems move with a rhythmic language that makes heads nod and hearts skip beats. Darius’ poems are “mirrors in the morning,” forcing the reader to confront both their own beauty and the ugliness in their worlds. The outcome: a shout that causes the walls’ first cracks.
An accomplished poet, playwright, director, and educator with over a decade worth of experience in South Florida and beyond, Darius has committed himself to using that arts as a vehicle for change. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Art Prevails Project, a performing arts organization dedicated to expanding cultural conversation through theatrical performance, arts education, and community engagement. Darius has spearheaded literacy initiatives with NFL Hall-of-Famer Jason Taylor and with poet and actor, Omari Hardwick.