Actor; Author/Writer; Playwright; Poet; Singer; Storyteller; Teacher/Instructor
About the author… The poet Marcus Omari was born & raised in Racine, WI. before traversing the American countryside, eventually settling in San Diego, CA. where he was baptized into the performance poetry scene. Marcus quickly found himself immersed in the emerging Southern California slam scene as a founding member of the San Diego Slam Poetry Team and performing on stages from Chicago to San Francisco. Over time, Omari has been a featured poetry performer sharing the stage with the likes Jeffery McDaniel, Patricia Smith, and legendary Slam Papi himself Marc Smith. Now, a critically acclaimed purveyor of verse and six-time National Speech and Debate Award winner, Marcus Omari has authored and published several chapbooks (14th Street Local; South of Andromeda; FARAJI , A. Ghane) and served as co-editor for the poetic manuscript Speak Child (A. Duncan) while traveling extensively to speak on themes central to his writing. Marcus worked to broaden to availability of poetic art exposure with Poet’s & Writer’s Inc. consulting within the West Coast Reading and Workshops division.
Marcus is currently working on the third and final chapbook in his pre-manuscript series while serving as a regular contributor to The Session on-line magazine. As the founder of the Poetic Reform Party, Omari works with a team of dedicated artists to promote, host and perform for various literary events in Southern California including developing after school creative writing programs for the San Diego and Compton Unified School District. By providing on demand poetry workshops for various institutions through P.R.P. and working diligently toward preserving performance spaces for poets, Marcus remains an active advocate for the multi-disciplinary arts in the lives young people across the United States. A metaphorical misfit in many minds, Omari endures the envelope’s edge in order to perpetuate the notion that we as a loving, breathing human beings mean more to one another than what we allow ourselves to be.