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Darius Daughtry at Poetic Justice this Friday

Darius Daughtry, author of And the Walls Came Tumbling, will be reading and leading a discussion at Poetic Justice Books & Arts in Port Saint Lucie this Friday, March 8.

An accomplished poet, playwright, director, and educator with over a decade's worth of experience in South Florida and beyond, Darius has committed himself to using those arts as a vehicle for change. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Art Prevails Project, a performing arts organization dedicated to expanding cultural conversation through theatrical performance, arts education, and community engagement. Darius has spearheaded literacy initiatives with NFL Hall-of-Famer Jason Taylor and with poet and actor, Omari Hardwick.

Darius has been commissioned to write, perform, and conduct workshops for various organizations: The Poetry Foundation, O Miami, City of Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade Schools, Broward Schools, and more.

He has written and directed performances for numerous groups and organizations – ArtServe (RedEye), Broward Cultural Division (Sistrunk Market Place, State of Black Broward), Old Dillard Museum (Juneteenth, Kwanzaa), The World Aids Museum (Saving Grace), and more. Mr. Daughtry is currently a member of the Sistrunk Artists in Residence cohort.

Darius' debut poetry collection, And the Walls Came Tumbling, published by Omiokun Books, is full of vulnerable, introspective poems that explore societal constructs – race, class, gender – and questions their existence on our lives.  Drawing inspiration from and paying homage to emcees and crooners, alike, these poems move with a rhythmic language that makes heads nod and hearts skip beats. Darius’ poems are “mirrors in the morning,” forcing the reader to confront both their own beauty and the ugliness in their worlds. The outcome: a shout that causes the walls’ first cracks.

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