Living the Journey
Living the Journey: Poems of Love & Life, by SuiteFranchon
(Radikal Publications, 2015)
Broken Turtle Booklist Featured Writer for November-December 2015
“As I use this written word to share from my spirit to yours, I am honored and humbled to share some expressions of my journey using poetry over the last two decades. It is my vision and goal to continue to have the courage to share my deepest self through poems of my life and perspective." –SuiteFranchon, from back cover of Living the Journey.
SuiteFranchon, in her unique way, continues to share her gifts of making us see and hear, yet most imprtantly, to accept, in living color and clear language, the reality of our human interactions. - Hanifa Shabazz, City council Member, 4th District, Wilmington, Delaware.
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Phases of the Moon
Phases of the Moon, by Gail Braune Comorat.
(Finishing Line Press) Delaware Division of the Arts 2015 Established Professional Fellow in Poetry.
We heard this gifted poet read at the Newak Arts Alliance November 8, 2015 with other DDOA Fellows, and we look forward to the release of hewr new book. For more bio and a sample, see her DDOA page.
(Richard Raw Productions, 2013) “This album has been a long time coming,” states Richard Raw, who has spent two years working on the project. “Soul Sessions is a combination of musical elements that have been missing from hip-hop for a long time. I am mixing live instrumentation with the normal beats and rhymes flavor of hip-hop.” To build excitement for the album, Raw released a buzz track and video entitled “Marvin’s Groove” which is Raw’s ode to the late, great jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown. The song, full of smooth thought-provoking lyrics, features Sa’eed Abuwi on trumpet with beat production by Juzz1. Although not the album’s official single, “Marvin’s Groove” took off as one of year’s premiere hip-hop tracks. Soul Sessions is the new fusion of hip-hop and jazzy soul music. Without a single compromise in lyrical content or pop radio acceptability, Soul Sessions promises to be the album that reawakens hip-hop’s core with lyrics for days, sultry-soulful hooks, live instrumentation and bangin’ beats. Personal Statement of Richard Raw "First State of Mind" Presented by The Curators Of Hip Hop.
Lyrical wordsmith and music phenom Richard Raw, is taking the industry by storm with his unique blend of soul, spoken word, funk and hip-hop. Born on the cusp of the of the 1980s hip-hop boom, Raw is influenced by hip-hop greats Public Enemy, KRS-1, Rakim and Nas as well as soul artists Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Richard Raw has years of experience in the music industry which includes song writing, music composition and nationwide performances. He has created a vast collection of hip-hop and neo-soul music, finding his own unique sound in the combination of soul and thought-provoking lyrical hip-hop.
After releasing numerous mixtapes and working on a range of other music projects, Richard Raw released his 2011 debut album entitled The Renaissance. Once he completed The Renaissance, Raw immediately began working on his follow up project entitled Soul Sessions, which was released In November 2013.
As a poet, MC, producer, and songwriter, one cannot deny Richard Raw the comprehensive title ‘artist’. When asked what makes him different, Raw simply states, “I’m versatile; no one is the same everyday and I am lucky enough to be able to express those differences through my music.”
For information or to book Richard Raw for events, speaking engagements and live performances, please email
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Soul Sessioons
The Preletariat
(Headlinerz Entertainment, 2012) Lyrical wordsmith Richard Raw drops his new EP The Proletariat. Combining cultural knowledge with revolutionary prose over banging beats, The Proletariat is an effortless crossover project that both popular and conscious hip-hop fans will enjoy.
“The Proletariat is the soundtrack to the struggle of liberation,” says Richard Raw. “It is a revolutionary’s theme music. I keep it conscious, but remain on a level that popular rap fans can relate to.”
Following in the footsteps of great hip-hop legends Nas and Common, Richard Raw has mastered conscious hip-hop expression without losing his fan base in the popular hip-hop realm.
“It’s important for me to speak to revolution and the struggle of my people without losing the fans who like their hip-hop to be beats and basic rhymes. I had to find that balance.”
When creating the EP, Richard Raw channeled the energy of the times; youth fighting against government power, unjust racism gaining national and global coverage and social change becoming a reality. He also tuned into the slow but steady shift of hip-hop from anemic lyrical content to thoughtful verse and thought it was time to unite the changing social stratum with the maturing genre of hip-hop. What was born from this unity was The Proletariat, a ten-song project that promises to blaze pure fire though the air and sound waves in ways you can’t even imagine.
The Proletariat, by Richard Raw
Roots Rap Reggai
(Richard Raw, 2012) Richard Raw drops a mixtape called "Roots, Rap, Reggae" where he honors Reggae Music!
Roots Rap Reggae, by Richard Raw
Soul Sessions, by Richard Raw
More to Come
Necessary Fire
Necessary Fire, by KMA Sullivan
(Black Lawrence Press, 2015) Winner of the St. Lawrence Book Awzard. KMA Sullivan’s debut collection opens a window into the world of a woman who is mother, partner, daughter, and lover. Surprising in the variety of moment, wrenching in detail, and grounded in grief and care, this collection moves from the innocence and bravery of a young son coming out in a world set to crush him, to playing hymns so a dying mother can plan her funeral service, to witnessing the breaking of a son who had been abused and abandoned in earlier years and cradling an adopted daughter long enough for her to find her own voice. Necessary Fire emerges from the fullness, grief, and ebullience that comes from being loved and loving others without limit as it offers a deluge of image, emotion, and experience, a deluge that only a heart on fire can survive.
The Renaissance, by Richard Raw
(Headlinerz Entertainment, 2011) The Renaissance is Richard Raw's debut album.
The Renaissance, Richard Raw’s debut album. showcases Richard Raw's versatility as an artist.   Released in 2011, The Renaissance was a project that forced the industry to take notice.  Raw says this project is a diverse blend of music that sticks to a common theme. 
The Renaissance was influenced by various genres of music from Rock, R&B, Soul, Jazz and Hip Hop.
Fearful Symmetries
Fearful Symmetries,edited by Ellen Datlow
(CZP, an imprint of ChiZine Publications, 2014) Featuring Siobhan Carroll, winner of the 2016 Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and others. So what can you look forward to in Fearful Symmetries? There are monsters—human and non-human. There are children—those who victimize, and those who are victims. There are supernatural horrors, psychological terrors, nourish dark f
When not globetrotting in search of dusty tomes, Siobhan Carroll lives and lurks in Delaware. She is a graduate of Clarion West, the indefatigable OWW, and the twin ivory towers of Indiana University and U.B.C. Her fiction has appearedin Fantasy Magazine, On Spec, Realms of Fantasy, and IGMS. Sometimes she writes under the byline "Von Carr." Both versions of herself firmly support the use of the Oxford Comma. (excerpted mostly from Beneath Ceaseless Skies.) She teaches English at the University of Delaware
Winner of the 2016 Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Artist Fellowship in Fiction.
antasies, and downright weird fictions. Come on in, and make yourself a cozy little nook in the dark, and enjoy. Publication of Fearful Symmetries was crowdfunded by Kickstarter.
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Ghost in the Cogs
Ghost in the Cogs, edited by Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski
(Broken Eye Books, 2015) Featuring Siobhan Carroll and others.
Ghosts. Gaslight. Gears. Welcome to a wondrous age of steam where pirates, rust, and syphilis aren’t all you need to worry about. Ghosts abound!
In this hissing and clanking steampunk anthology, there are moments that science just can’t explain. All the mechanical geniuses scratch their heads and whisper words of ghosts and powers, of spirits and demons. Possessed automatons take on lives of their own. Superstitious pilots take all necessary precautions. Avant-garde machinists harness the spirits to power their creations. Revenge-minded ghosts stalk haunted gasworks. This is a mechanized playground for the souls of the dead.
Again and again, the spirit world proves itself inspiring and dangerous, useful and annoying. In rich steampunk worlds, chock full of gizmos and gadgets aplenty, these are the stories that go bump, clatter, boom in the night.
Empire of Air and Water
An Empire of Air and Water: Uncolonizable Space in the British Imagination, 1750-1850, by Siobhan Carroll
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) Planetary spaces such as the poles, the oceans, the atmosphere, and subterranean regions captured the British imperial imagination. Intangible, inhospitable, or inaccessible, these blank spaces—what Siobhan Carroll calls "atopias"—existed beyond the boundaries of known and inhabited places. … Spaces that an empire could not colonize were spaces that literature might claim, as literary representations of atopias came to reflect their authors' attitudes toward the growth of the British Empire as well as the part they saw literature playing in that expansion.
"Siobhan Carroll takes the reader on a voyage of discovery through some unusual texts and proves a patient and trustworthy guide. She adds considerably to scholarship on literature's representation of foreign places and other worlds."—Timothy Fulford, DeMontfort University, Leicester
Dead City
Dead City, by Jerome P. Donohue
from title poem "Dead City"

I drive the roads
In early morning
Flashing red lights
Throw shadows
On the road
I guess
There is no hope
Hey Man
I pray for Tom Joad
I Am Poet
I Am Poet, by I.N.X
(2 Pens & Lint Press) I.N.X (real name James Church) was born and raised on the north side of Wilmington, DE in 1991. Growing up in a all woman household I.N.X was always encouraged to share his emotions and express himself. Starting out as an artist, spending most of his time drawing and creating comic books, I.N.X always felt a connection to art and artistic expression. At age 11 he found a new hobby in freestyling and at age 13 he found a love for writing poetry due to a mandatory poetry assignment in his 8th grade english class. From there he would continue writing poetry up until his senior year of high school where he began to take rap more seriously after spending some time in the studio with current PS Movement group member O2. Now I.N.X puts his heart into creating music and poetry that will inspire individuality, independence, and progression in all those who read and listen. From now until his last days he hopes to become an influential force in the movement and progression of his people and culture.
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