Malik Crumpler

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer, Spoken Word Artist

Paris, France

Author's Bio


Malik Ameer Crumpler is a poet, rapper, composer, editor & teacher that has been involved in over fifty albums, several glitch art films, six poetry books & one book of raps. He’s the co-poetry editor/ co-host with Paris Lit Up,  editor-at-large of The Opiate, curator for Poets Live & co-founder of Those That This. Malik is originally from Oakland, California but moved to Paris, France in 2016 after living in  NYC for 12 years where he earned his MFA in Creative Writing from L.I.U. Brooklyn. “The Rest Is Now (a poetry EP)” (published with The Isolation Collection in Prague, Czech Republic) is Malik’s most recent collection of poetry that he toured throughout France, England, Amsterdam, and Washington D.C. during 2019-2020. Those Whomyns is the most recent poetic collaborative musical work Malik's been involved in with long-time Brazilian multi-media artists, composers, experimental theater director, Creative Technologist  / experimental musicians: Daniel Belquer, Paulo Brandao, and Murilo O'Reilly.


Listening links for THOSE WHOMYNS :


Published Poetry Books & Chapbooks:

The Rest Is Now (Isolation Collection Prague, Czech Republic 2020) Beneath The Underground: Collected Raps 2000 - 2018 (Satori Ideas Paris, France 2018)  Inevitable Mutations Act II (B'AM, Paris, France 2015) (((((((Inevitable Mutations)))))) Act I (On Point Bruxelles​​​​​​, ​Belgium 2015) §§§§LOCKED LANGUAGE§§§§§ (B'AM, Paris, 2014) LITTLE EVERYWHERE (ANAÏS EDITION) –(Satori Ideas, New York 2014) Amber Hymns : poems, prayers, raps (Satori Ideas, New York 2011)

Purchasing links for Malik's books:


Residencies, Lectures, Conferences, Readings & Commissions:

Homage to Lewis Warsh April, 30th 2021 Online Reading / Poetry Day Ireland April 2021: Virtual Poetry Festival curated by Amy Barry / Moonstone International Virtual Reading –  Alliance Française de Philadelphia  2021 / Fee Griffin’s Versal Book Launch, Amsterdam  2020/  ¡DADA! 2020 International Online Festival / Manderley Collective’s “-afterTHOUGHTS” 2020/ Warner Music Group #BlackOutTuesday Virtual Townhall hosted by ADA (London & NYC 2020) / The REACH at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2020 / Day Eight The D.C. Poet Project WE ACT RADIO (Washington D.C. 2020)/ Busboys and Poets 14th & V (Washington D.C. 2020) / African Americans and The Vote – A Black History Celebration @ Ebenezer A.M.E. Church Poetry Ministry (Washington D.C. 2020) /  SPIT DAT Speakeasy (Washington D.C. 2020) / Words  On Wednesday with Miss Kiane (Washington D.C. 2020) / Cloud and Fire Spoken Word and Musical Cabaret (Washington D.C. 2020) / Busboys and Poets 450K spotlight (Washington D.C. 2020) / Life Asset Entrepreneurship Seminar: Skyland Workforce  Center (Washington D.C. 2020) / Busboy and Poets Anacostia spotlight (Washington D.C. 2020) / École Militaire Paris, France (2020)/ L’Air Arts Paris Residency (2020)/  Melodic Distraction Radio Liverpool, England (2019) / Black Beacon Sound  Sheffield, England (2019) / Blues sur Seine  Aubergenville, France (2019) / Versal's VERSO  Volume 5  "Mass" (Amsterdam, 2019)/ "Making From The Mess" Sorbonne Université Paris, France (2019) / “Which Richard Wright Are You?’ The Red Wheelbarrow Paris, France (2019)/ Lycée Collège Montaigne Paris, France (2019)/  Oxford Brookes University: TORCH Cultural Diversity in Literature: A Discussion/ Oxford Writers House Paris Lit Up Showcase. Oxford University (2019) / New Writing South: Writers Day Workshops & Q&A “Strong Words” Brighton, England (2019)/ Shakespeare & Company Writing Workshop featured writer. Paris, France (2019)/  Shakespeare & Company Paris Lit Up Writing Workshop Host. Paris, France (2019)/  Paris Lit Up Richard Wrighting: A Haiku Dialogue (2019)/ Catullus & Zukofsky: Performing translation for Berkeley Books Of Paris Fundraiser (2018)/ Gilles Peterson BBC 6 London, England (2017) /  Square Root Of Love Valentine’s Day In Paris (The Rumpus) Paris, France 2017/ World Wide Radio London, England 2017/ Inter-Zones Festival Paris, France 2019/ Arat Kilo  Festival ENRACINEMENT / DÉRACINEMENT – DÉPLACEMENT (3e édition 2018)  Orléans, France/ Arat Kilo Festival Jazz sous les pommiers Normandie, France 2018/ Spoken Word Paris  “A 21st Century Underground Railroad Meeting Analyzing The Paradox Of Violence”  Paris, France 2018/  L’Openbach Ecocentric Festival Paris, France 2017/ “Wake Up & Smell The Coffee'' Open Secret. Paris, France 2016/ Worship Lab #2 @The American Church In Paris/ Harvest Works Performers Performing NYC 2017/ Tribeca Film Institute Teaches “Power Of Words 2016”/ Composers Now NYC @Harvest Works NYC 2016/ Firehouse Space Brooklyn NY 2014 & 2015/ Unnameable Books Brooklyn, NY 2016/ Opiate Launch @ Bowery Poetry Club Reading NYC 2015 / KGB BAR MFA Reading NYC 2014-2016/ Rush Arts Galleries "Dred Scott's POSTCODE CRIMINALS closing exhibition" NYC 2012/ Love Yourself Project NYC 2012/ Sharon R. Reaves Presents: “Amber Hymns Book Launch @Happy Time” NYC 2012/ Panoply Lab Brooklyn NY 2015/ B’AM Paris, France/ 2014- 2016/ B’AM Vancouver, Canada 2015/ On-Point Brussels, Belgium 2015/ MayWay Records Kortrijk, Belgium 2018/ Poets Live Paris, France 2015-2019/ Pine Box Poetry Brooklyn, NY 2013 -2016/ Columbia University N.Y.C. Rwanda Relief Reading 2006/ Loukoum Scandale Salon, Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey 2014/  Double Wei Factory Hong Kong, China 2014/ Universidad de la Habana. Havana, Cuba 2001-2002.


Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Emergency Index vol. 6 (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017)
STATE OF THE UNION (Mascot Books, 2017)
to kingdom come voices against political violence (Onslaught Press, 2016)
Not My President- THE ANTHOLOGY OF DISSENT | 2017 (Thoughtcrime Press, 2017)
Across the Margin
at large
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The Cloak of Karasu: The Ant King (2016)



Maintenant 14: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art (Three Rooms Press, 2020)
Maintenant 13: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art (Three Rooms Press, 2019)
VERSO / volume 5 "Mass" (Versal Editorial Group, 2019)
Maintenant 12: Dada Journal (Three Rooms Press, 2018)
Maintenant 11: Dada Journal (Three Rooms Press, 2017)
BROOKLYN PARAMOUNT (Long Island University Press, 2015)
Cipactli 2004 (San Francisco State University Press, 2004)
21st Century Underground Railroad Meeting in Paris, France (2018)

Spoken Word

B'AM Paris (2015)
Bonnefooi (2015)
Composers Now Festival @ Firehouse (2015)
HarvestWorks (2015)
Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn NY (2015)
Poets Live, Paris (2015)
Firehouse Space (2014)
Spoken Word Paris (2014)
Rush Arts Gallery, NYC (2012)
Prizes won: 

Washington D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Grant 2020 / Best Of Across The Margin 2018 ARTS, MUSIC, FILM & CULTURE for "Uncloaking Beneath The Underground" / In Real Life Cinema Awards NYC for "((1I)) Amber Hymns video poem" 2012 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Jetsün Milarépa, George Moses Horton, Ai Ogawa, Fredrick Douglass, John A. Williams, Octavia Butler, Tim Tingle, Gertrude Stein, Rudolfo Anaya, Alice B. Toklas, Jaron Lanier, Isha Schwaller de Lubicz, Bob Kaufman, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Louis Zukofsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, Herman Hesse, Anna Akhmatova, W.E.B. Dubois, Toni Morrison, Jorge Luis Borges, Phyllis Wheatley, Richard Wright, Maryse Condé, Willie Dixon, Sappho, Federico García Lorca, Terry McMillan, Chen Kaiguo, Hildegard Von Bingen, Zheng Shunchao, Homer, Hafiz, Sly Stone, Kimarlee Nguyen, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ikuma Arishima, Carl G. Jung, Yehuda Amichai, Krishnamurti, Phillip K. Dick, Anonymous and every ancient storyteller/ myth conjuror that ever scribed, to name a few.

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
African American, Other
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Born in: 
Oakland, CA
Raised in: 
New York, NY
New York
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Last update: May 06, 2021