Everyone, not just those who can afford it, deserves the chance to develop their voice and tell their story: writing and reading are powerful drivers of self-analysis, self-actualization, and empathy, and can actually change the way people view themselves and the world. For the past 8 years, as an independent author I have sold my books throughout the US, as the cofounder of Writer’s Block Publishing, I have also offered free community classes to Orange County residents from marginalized backgrounds, giving them access to publishing opportunities. This year, with the help of your business, I would like to teach classes to those interested and give them opportunities to also market their intellectual property. I will use the money from the grant to pay for my time finding additional students to fill the class, planning, teaching and executing this program.
William "Endlesswill" Davis is quickly becoming a recognized name in Spoken Word Poetry. He was born and raised Grand Rapids, MI and does much of his work in North Carolina. Emeritus Poet Laureate of Hillsborough, 2022 ArtPrize Contemporary Black Artist recipient, Coast 2 Coast Live mixtape winner, four time published author, host, and most importantly a father. As an artist, Endlesswill embraces community and specializes in poetic social critique, introspection, and depth. He uses personal narratives to discuss the politics of race, class, gender and religion. While simultaneously pinpointing and reinforcing the interconnected nature of human existence through poetry.