Gerren Liles is a Morgan State University graduate who attacked the hardships of life with selfless compassion, fulfilling his desire to uncover the beauty and strength that lies within all of us. In a world where the spirit compromises itself for the sake of conformity, he is a firm believer in the power of unconditional love and acceptance.
An upbringing of community service, manhood development, and a discovery of his talent for expression shaped his goal of using poetry as a means of promoting literacy and self-empowerment to black youth. In following his own advice, he shifted his focus from the performance aspect of his poetry to become a better writer. He began reading the likes of Sonia Sanchez, Ai, Nikki Giovanni, and Saul Williams.
Gerren was a finalist for MTV’s Real World: Hawaii in 1998. He has opened for the likes of Haki Madhubuti, Na’im Akbar, and Jawanza Kunjufu. His work has been featured in Mosaic magazine. He was selected to participate in the coveted Cave Canem Poetry Workshop in New York during the fall of 2000. Gerren has performed at numerous colleges, universities, expos, cultural events, poetry slams, graduations, and has made a number of radio and television appearances. He speaks to youth regularly and currently serves as a group leader at a children’s center. His first collection of poems, On The Road To Damascus, has developed a readership throughout the US and Europe.
an elderly woman sits at her window
but I call it home.
my halls are not marked
she watches a woman
a few feet ahead six fourth-graders
some of us look at them with disdain.
have you ever