Levi (Kenny Fame) Catoe Jr.


New York, NY 10027

Author's Bio

A writer, vocalist, and songwriter, Kenny Fame is an award-winning poet/songwriter that’s a current Grammy Board member NYC Chapter, with a publishing deal with Epitome Music Library. His works of poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Steel Toe Review, River Lit, Milk Sugar, The Fine Line, Emerge Literary Journal, Rufous Salon, Prompt Literary Magazine, De La Mancha, Anastomoo, ken*again, African-American Review, The New Verse News, Poetry Super Highway, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters. He has been a Keynote Speaker at the United Nations in NYC during the Global Conference International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA. He is also District Advocate for The Recording Arts Academy in NYC and has written plays as well as commercials for television. He is a recipient of numerous awards including: Black Writers Conference, Poetry Super Highways “Poet of the Week”, Gashouse Radio’s Battle of the Bands competition, Silver Song A&R Award, Bands4Good Challenge (semi-finalist), Akademia Music Award, Song of the Year Songwriting Contest (runner-up winner / 2015 & 2017), American Songwriting Award.

Publications & Prizes

Diverse Voices Quarterly
Milk Sugar
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Rufous Salon
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The Fine Line
Prizes won: 

The Tenth National Black Writers' Conference "Poetry Writing Award" & The Poetry Super Highway's featured: "Poet of the Week" 2012 & 2013. Fame was the "Keynote Speaker" at the "International Symposium on Cultural Diversity in the USA". "Song of Love Songwriters Benefit" (winner) March/April 2014

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
James Baldwin
What I'm reading now: 
The Vintage Book of African American Poetry by various authors, Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't by Sonia Sanchez, The Forbidden Apple by Kat Long, This Was Harlem by Jervis Anderson

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African American
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Paterson, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: Mar 29, 2023