Join us for wine, cheese, poetry, and conversation with Spoken Word Artist Calvin Early.
Calvin “madeS.O.N.” Early is an internationally recognized speaker/spoken word artist with more than 13 years’ experience in youth development and community relations. The strength of his work is the ability to combine humor and real life experiences, with a presence that commands attention and he is probably most well-known for using powerful spoken word poetry as a vehicle to provoke thought, evoke change, and drive a message home to audiences of youth and those who advocate for them.
In the fall of 2013, Calvin alongside his wife, Arsimmer, launched the SPOKEN WORD EXCHANGE; a grassroots, creative writing initiative, providing groups of artists and spectators from around the world the opportunity to experience and learn about each other’s culture through the art of poetry.This initiative is the basis of Calvin's work both artistically and professionally. The project is powered by a combination of international travel, performances, photo journaling and workshops designed to help participants develop a process for self exploration while inspiring them to use this craft as a tool for empowerment, and motivation. To-date, the project has been facilitated in five countries, and has directly impacted an estimated 300 particpants.
Calvin Early has been interviewed by literary icon Maya Angelou on Oprah Winfrey Radio, has been a guest on Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act”, and a featured speaker at colleges, universities and various youth serving agencies across the country and abroad. Through the SpokenWord Exchange, he has designed and facilitated countless workshops and talks on some of the most serious hot button topics effecting our communities and schools. Additionally, over the past decade, while working with Planned Parenthood, Calvin has invested in his community by developing and facilitating sexual health and life skills curricula. Calvin “madeS.O.N.” Early is a leader in his community, dedicated to empowering the lives of anyone willing to listen.