A little about Marquis…

My name is Marquis Love and I am an aspiring writer originally from the greater Atlanta area but now reside in Rock Hill, South Carolina. My interest in writing began with an introduction to poetry by my third grade tutor-a retired school teacher, Mrs. Vivian Cranford. Mrs. Cranford noticed my keen interest in word composition and began to use poetry as a medium for teaching me math, science, and other subjects. During this time I was introduced to the poetic works of Langston Hughes, Shel Silverstein, and Maya Angelou. By the time I entered my freshman year of high school I had discovered a new passion, rap music.I often dissected the lyrics and styles of artist such as Tupac Shakur, Nasir Jones, and Andre Benjamin. When I tried my hand at rap music I found that I was naturally gifted in this rhythmic form of poetic expression, that would later become a valuable tool on my journey as a writer. Rap music became the catalyst that would help me better understand the use of metaphors, word play, rhythm, and emotionally verbal expression.
Over time the content of my poems broadened, going from pain and personal experiences to religion, politics, racism, current events, and social observation. I have been acknowledged amongst my peers, and community as a lyricist and poet, whose pieces show depth, and challenge conventional ways of thinking. In 2015, I entered a literary competition hosted by the York County Arts Council, in which I won first place in the adult poetry category. That experience encouraged me to pursue writing full-time, and share my work with others.