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Michael Anthony Ingram

Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio


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The mission of Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio is to provide a live format for emerging, mid-career, and established poets to showcase their work. Whether traditional poetry or spoken word, the show offers an online vehicle for artists to engage in critical dialogue and discussion about poetry. If you would like to be a guest on QL: POR, please contact the host Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram at You can also visit the website at Dr. Ingram is a retired university professor and social change activist. A Washington DC resident, he is committed to employing the arts, specifically poetry, to disseminate information and raise awareness about issues related to power, identity, and oppression. Known widely as the Counseling Poet (, he has gained an international reputation as a spoken word artist and performance poet. A 2015 Pushcart poetry prize nominee, he has traveled extensively, reciting his works and conducting workshops on building cultural competency and empathy skills through poetry and metaphor.

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Kenneth C. Steven grew up in Highland Perthshire in the heart of Scotland, and now lives in Argyll on the country's west coast; it's these landscapes that have inspired the lion's share of both his poetry and prose. He is best-known as a... more

Thandiwe McMillan is a young poet, author, artist and actress from New York City. She's been writing poetry and short stories since her childhood and her poems were #1 on Teen Ink, during adolescence. She attended Swarthmore... more

Jacinta V. White is a teaching artist, coach, facilitator, and entrepreneur. She's the founder of The Word Project and the Publishing Editor-in Chief, for the international quarterly, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing. Her most recent... more

Katarina Canyon is a BIPOC, Award Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, essayist, and poet. She grew up in Los Angeles and much of her writing reflects that experience.Her first book of poetry, Changing the Lines, was... more

Gretchen Primack is a poet, educator, and indie bookseller living in New York's Hudson Valley. She has taught and/or administrated prison education programs since 2006. Primack has authored three poetry collections: Kind (Lantern... more

Gerry LaGuardia Leonard writes in poetic prose, storytelling about the state of today's world. She claims to have always walked the paths of altruism and artistic pursuits. Today, she defines herself as an emerging poet, adding it to her... more

World Poetry Day was adopted as 21 March by UNESCO in 1999. It is an invitation to reflect on the power of language and the full development of each person's creative abilities. It also supports linguistic diversity through poetic... more

Kelly Bradley is a tech writer and Sr. Product Manager in the Washington DC area where she writes stories and creates apps based on data. She wrote her first poem in Second grade, a requiem to her cat, Petey. Her first... more

Mysti S. Milwee is an International award-winning and published synesthesia artist (paints to music), poetess, writer, screenwriter, book cover art designer, and illustrator from Southside, Alabama. She is the editor and publisher of... more

Amy Jean is a dreamer, a poet, a mother, and a writer with compelling stories to share. Her exploratory books peel back the layers of social justice, spiritual awakening, and her quest for an authentic life. As an entrepreneur, Amy spent... more