Poetry Is… is on Sunday evenings 8-9pm.
Anedra and Poetic Kiss host this interactive show including work by cutting edge and historic poets and spoken word artists – plus information about local, national and international artists and happenings in the spoken word/poetry community.
Walter “Wally B.” Jennings is a poet-turned-performer, who just happens to have been blessed with the gift of public speaking. He was born in Tampa, FL to Edward and Frances Jennings on December 30, 1976. Walter is the youngest of 3 children and is a proud product of the neighborhood of West Tampa. Wally B. began writing poetry in 1989 as an 8th grade student in response to an English assignment. His poems share and discuss common experiences from everyday life, ranging from: diabetes, marriage and fatherhood, youth empowerment, and self-determination. Wally does not use profanity or vulgarity in his work, to ensure his messages can be communicated in all mediums.
Wally B.’s poetical talents have allowed him to conduct over 1000 performances, workshops and mentorship sessions in the national spoken word community over his 16 year career. He is an award winning, 4-Time Finalist of the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Competition. Wally currently serves as a Poet Artist in Residence for Hillsborough County Schools and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County Poetry Jam Program-reaching over 500 students and teachers per year.
Wally B. is the co-founder of “Black on Black Rhyme-Tampa”, one of the Central Florida’s largest and longest running open-mic poetry shows since September 2001.
Also, he is the founder of “Heard ‘Em Say Youth Arts Collective”. “Heard ‘Em Say”, founded in May 2007 was established to provide our community’s youth with a healthy social outlet and platform to express themselves and promote growth in the areas of: self-esteem, written and oral communication, networking, social tolerance, and cultural understanding through the art of spoken word poetry. In addition to this, Wally has served as youth director and coach of 3 Semi-Finalist youth poetry slam teams for the Brave New Voices International spoken word competition
He was honored by Creative Loafing in their 2011 Best of Bay publication as the area’s “Best Spoken Word Artist”.
Walter was educated in the Hillsborough County Public School system and graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1994.
He graduated from Florida A&M University (Cum Laude) in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics.
Walter has been employed as the Facility Manager of the University of South Florida Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center for the past 14 years. He supervises all physical operations of this 40,000 square foot building in addition to marketing and promoting 9 public spaces that are available for rental.
He has been married to his wife, Charmaine for 14 years and they have two children: Charmione-12 and Simone-7.
Poetic Kiss was asked to be a part of Poetry Is... in 2013 after being seen hosting her own Open Mic Show. She is happy to be a part of the team of awesome poets bringing poetry to the airwaves. You can follow her other ventures at PoeticKiss.com.
Alice Saunders is a poet, writer, and editor living in Tampa, Florida. Her work has appeared in the OW Newsletter, BLACKBERRY: a magazine, and The Corner Club Press. Saunders is also an editor at TL Publishing Group. Before the Epiphany is her latest published title. You can visit her website at http://lyricaltempest.com.