|August 28, 2016||
The Evans Poetry Collection (TEPC)
In the proud tradition of such renowned poets as Paul Lawrence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, and Sterling Brown, we have emerging poet, author, educator, and national award winner John D. Evans.
The poetry of John D. Evans inspires readers of all ages with messages about life, liberty, and pursuits of happiness. With something different on each page, the journey that he chronicles is personal, yet profoundly universal. Although he was born in obscurity and overcame insecurity, he has an epic story to tell.
In his senior year at Chicago's Lane Technical High School, Evans won first place in the local NAACP ACT-SO competition and captured second place in the national competition held in Nashville, Tennessee with his poem, "Life in a Dungeon." He would later feature the award-winning poem in his first book of published poetry.
Evans is a graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia (B.S., Marketing), Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois (M.A., Special Education), Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (M.A., School Improvement and Leadership), and Argosy University in Chicago, Illinois (Ed.D. Candidate, Educational Leadership).
Evans sets the tone for his poetic pilgrimage in his first book of poetry, Acres of Green and Oceans of Blue: Diary of a Runaway (2000). He chronicles his quest for self-discovery in More Than a Club Kid: Man Versus Self (2002). He tells the world that "(he) can not stop and will not stop" in Things That Make My World Go 'Round: A Poetic Memoir (2003, 2007). Evans shares his own lessons and confessions in his fourth book of poetry, How Deep I Can Be: Lessons and Confessions (2005). In his fifth book, Diary of a Renaissance Man (2007), Evans pays a poetic tribute to the Harlem Renaissance writers with classically inspired poetry.
John D. Evans is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society of Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc., the Poetry Society of America, and The Academy of American Poets.
Acres of Green and Oceans of Blue: Diary of a Runaway
As found in Excerpts
Excerpt from Book One of The Evans Poetry Collection, "Acres of Green and Oceans of Blue: Diary of a Runaway”:
Homage to Words
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