Marco The Poet (MTP), is an official 27th Stellar Award nominee for Spoken Word CD Recording of the Year 2012. He made history as one of the first poets to be nominated for Spoken Word/Poetry. MTP grew up in Ida B. Wells, Chicago public housing, right behind West Point Missionary Baptist Church where Albertina Walker grew up and he attended. This is where MTP fell in love with Gospel music which shaped his passion for Gospel Spoken Word. As MTP began to pick up a pen and paper, and began to develop his art form, he never forgot his musical upbringing.

Though the projects he grew up in are now torn down, he never forgets the people, hurt, pain, and the struggle of growing up there and his heart can be seen in much of his community work with The Speak Life Movement which he founded with the help of Momma Brenda Matthews who is an inspiration to so many poets in Chicago and abroad.

 He has partnered with One Heart One Soul to bring hope to the homeless youth of Teen Living Programs and abroad. He has worked with children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. MTP and The Speak Life Movement has partnered with Pastor Mark Barclay and the Trinity United Church of Christ's Prison Ministry with regular visits to Oxford Federal Correctional Facility. He is a regular volunteer and speaker at the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet and has also ministered at Dwight prison for women. MTP graduated from Alabama State University (ASU) in Montgomery, AL. in 2003 with a B.A. in Public Relations, Communications. At this Historically Black College and University (HBCU), located just blocks away from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s house, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Rosa Parks dwelling, Bus Boycotts and center of the Civil Rights Movement. At ASU, he studied performing arts under American Actress Dr. Tonea Stewart, best known for her role as Aunt Etta on the television series In the Heat of the Night. In 2004, MTP published his first book "Thanx - From The Streets, To The Church House." In 2008, he published his second book, "Proverbs 3:6 - Poems of Destiny."

 In 2010, MTP started studying Saul Alinsky's community organization strategies while leading marketing initiatives at The Woodlawn Organization, founded in 1961 by the late Bishop Arthur M. Brazier.

 In 2011, MTP released his self-titled Album EP "Marco The Poet," featuring a mixture of his spoken word and songs, and was honored to be a Stellar Award Nominee. In 2012, he released another EP titled “King Solomon’s Love.”

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