Carlton 'godchild the omen' West Jr is a poet, host, recording artist, author, Poetry Society of Virginia (PSOV) VP of the southeastern region and co-coach of the #2 internationally ranked youth slam team, Hampton Roads Youth Poets(HRYP) from Norfolk Va. godchild has been an inspiration to crowds for 2 decades. He first started out as a traveling poet up and down the east coast until his father took ill. Since then he has established the 757 as his main focus. Creating such events as "The Mic Fiend Cafe" "The Wet Poetry Spot" "Conversation Over Cocktails" and a host of other shows guaranteed to stimulate the senses. He has performed/hosted with the likes of: Eric Roberson, Bilal, Foreign exchange, Jill Scott, Jesse Boykins, PJ Morton, Redman, Raheem Devaughn, Stic Man from Dead Prez, Skillz, George Wilborn, Dick Gregory, Lloyd Banks, Rakim, Maimouna Youseff, Anhala, Tim Seibles, Reginald Ballerd, Ursela Rucker, Taalam Acey, Sunni Patterson, 13 of Nazareth, Jon Goode, and Lamar Hill. godchild's two prior projects 'Complex Simplicity' (with 13 of Nazareth) & 'Personology' gained acclaim in their own right. "I try to travel when I can but my mind is focused on where poetry isn't in Hampton Roads. Schools, churches, correctional facilities, community centers... Anywhere the people are, a good word is always welcomed." After a short sabbatical to perfect his craft and compile his best work, he has three projects ready to go in the same year. Part one of the trilogy is the release of the spoken word album: W.O.M.A.N. (without mentioning any names)
According to citelighter.com, "Spoken word is a form of poetry that often uses alliterated prose or verse and occasionally uses metered verse to express social commentary. Traditionally it is in the first person, is from the poet’s point of view and is themed in current events. In entertainment, spoken word performances generally consist of storytelling or poetry."
However you define it, this amazing artist takes it to the next level with riveting poetry and Haikus that make you think beyond the tangible and delve into the deepest recesses of your soul.
Thank you for sharing in the release of my latest project W.O.M.A.N. Without mentioning any names. Whether you attended the release party or visited my brand new website www.micfiend757.com, I want you to know that I am deeply humbled and honored by this opportunity. I couldn't have done it with out all of your support and for that I am forever greatful.
Haiku - The key to success? Pick people over profit, you will always be rich...