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G.P.A., Greatest Poet Alive, is from the south side of Chicago. He has been writing poetry since 2007. He published his first book of poetry, “The Confessional Heart of a Man.” He followed that up with the scintillating book of sensual poetry, “The Book of 24 Orgasms.” His most recent release is “The Mind of a Poetic Unsub.”
Besides his own works, G.P.A. was the main poetic contributor to both “Chocolate Rose” and “Chocolate Rose 2.” In honor of Domestic Violence month, he contributed poems to the anthology “Voices Behind the Tears.” G.P.A. is the founding member of The League of Extraordinary Poets, an organization of poets who take the art of storytelling to another level. He is also a member of the Waiting for the Bus collective.
A man who takes pride in his work and definitely a voice that one could not easily forget, G.P.A. received the 2011 Black Essence Award for Poetry and Charity. He has been thrice nominated for Poet of the Year and “The Book of 24 Orgasms” was nominated for Book of the Year. G.P.A. is a poet who is not afraid to step outside the box from taboo topics to social awareness.
GETTING TO KNOW GPA…
Do you sleep with or without clothes on? By myself or with The Beagle? I wear Batman pajama bottoms and a #TeamGPA tee shirt. With the Muse, nothing at all.
Football is: extremely violent.
Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it? Why? I prefer to be in front of the camera because I need to be seen. This shine, at this moment and time, is too bright to sequestered.
A penny for your thoughts, a nickel for a kiss or a dime to hear “I love you”? A dollar towards forever.
Who is your celebrity crush? Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope) is my celebrity crush, and my poem "Obsessed" is my ode to her.
LA or New York? Chicago, South Side.
Which is more important: trust or love? Trust is the foundation for love, so it is more important. Once trust is gone, all is lost.
What is your favorite scent on a woman? There is nothing like the scent of Hanae Mori.
What is your favorite brand of cereal? I eat granola cereal everyday and during the day.
You’d be surprised to know that I’ve never: been nominated for a National Poetry Award.
Add this: OOSA Book club is #TeamGPA
PRAISE FOR THE CONFESSIONAL HEART OF A MAN
“I would definitely recommend ‘The Confessional Heart of a Man’ to anyone who likes poetry and to anyone who'd like to read a thought provoking book in poetry style. I'd also recommend this book to any women, especially a Black woman who wants to get in the head of a Black man and understand what's going on inside both his mind and heart.” - Tinisha Nicole Johnson
“GPA will surprise the reader and take them in a direction they will not see coming. In many of his poems, the endings are quite shocking, yet thought-provoking and entertaining…With confidence, I highly recommend his book, and I anxiously await the next masterpiece from this gifted poet and author.” - Books and Beignets (BAB) Book Club
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK OF 24 ORGASMS
“The Greatest Poet Alive has outdone himself with this work of poetry…The best part of this collection is that G.P.A. has found a way to write erotic poetry without it being pornographic. These poems will definitely arouse you and make you want to move from the couch or wherever you are reading it and move to the bedroom!” – Tiffany Talks Books
“’The Book of 24 Orgasms’ is one to experience as it is chucked full of sensuality and imagery that is fulfilling and thought provoking. GPA takes us on a ride that is magnified by pure sexiness and elevated by his wordsmith and where one can go.” – Rhea Banks
PRAISE FOR THE MIND OF A POETIC UNSUB
“‘The Mind of a Poetic Unsub’ is a continuation of the art form GPA has honed for many countless hours, days, months and years. This collection can stand alone, but I feel it's best read in the context of his previous collections.” - Joey Pinkney
“This book and its poetry touches on many emotions, but each a gem in its own light, (sexual, sensuous, provocative, hard and true etc)…I believe he deserves the title he's penned himself with. You can't go wrong with anything you feast your eyes upon in this ‘The Mind of a Poetic Unsub’!” - Readers Paradise
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