Omowale Jesse Alexander

Poet

7804 Westover Ln
Clinton, MD 20735
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Author's Bio

Omowole Jesse N. Alexander is a Teacher, Apprentice Griot, Perpetual Abecedarian, ol' Bell Head, Wireless System Engineer, Hacker, Window through which The Great "I Am" Shines, Poet. He's been writing and performing poetry for more than 50-years.

 

His poetry has won second place in the First Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Zero Hunger in the First World Food Day 2018 Contest, and placed as a finalist in the finalist in the 1999 Paterson Literary Review’s Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest.

 

He has been featured at Grace Cavalieri’s The Poet and the Poem 2020-21 Series, Words out Loud Virtual Reading, Evil Grin, the Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church’s Annual Poetry Service, The Knitting Factory, Groove Drops, and the Sumei Multidisciplinary Center. His work has appeared in Free Black Space: Content and Code for those Living in the Black, Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Sojourners Magazine, The Drumming Between Us: Black Love & Erotic Poetry, and Drumvoices Revue: A Confluence of Literary, Cultural & Vision Arts.

 

He led the creation of the 3 part Harmony cento using Github with visitors and patrons of The Three Part Harmony Farm, and support from the U. S. Department of Arts and Culture.

 

A 17 year veteran of Bell Labs, Jesse holds a Master of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Howard University. He supports his poetry, amateur radio, science, and science fiction addictions by managing knowledge for the cloud computing industry.

 

personal statement:

"I have been writing poetry and prose, and blowing fuses since I was 8 years old...and I write to collect the various and sundry parts of myself and project them into the future. My storytelling Mother taught me how to love a song for the song's sake, and my civil engineer Father taught me to appreciate the structure in all things..."

Publications & Prizes

Anthology:
Remembering Amiri Baraka on His 85th Birthday (Moonstone Press, 2019)
Journals:
Chickenbones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
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Drumvoices Revue
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Obsidian lll: Literature in the African Diaspora
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phati'tude Literary Magazine
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Prizes won: 

My work has won second place in the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Zero Hunger in the First World Food Day 2018 Contest and placed as a finalist in the 1999 Paterson Literary Review’s Allen Ginsberg Poetry contest.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Audre Lorde, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kwame Dawes, Amiri Baraka, Naomi Shihab Nye, Martin Espada, Henry Dumas, Robert Hayden, Robert Blake, Toi Derricotte, Sonia Sanchez, Joy Harjo, James Baldwin, The Last Poets, Octavia Butler, Yictove, Mari Evans, Bro Yao (Hoke Glover), Elizabeth Alexander, Michelle Alexander, Meena Alexander, Margie Shaheed, Mutabaruka, Gil Scott Heron, Niyi Osundare, Lucille Clifton, Sekou Sundiata, Sweet Honey in the Rock
What I'm reading now: 
City of Bones by Kwame Dawes, City Without People: Katrina Poems by Niyi Osundare, Ghost fishing by Melissa Tuckey, Inheritance by Bro Yao (Hoke Glover), Furious Flower: seeding the future of african american poetry by Joanne Gabbin and Lauren Alleyne, Deaf Republic: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky, And We Came Outside and Saw the Stars Again by Ilan Savans, Stamped from the beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
No
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Brooklyn, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Montclair, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: Oct 11, 2020