Shawnte Orion hosts monthly poetry readings in Arizona. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, Barrelhouse, Gargoyle Magazine, Georgetown Review, New York Quarterly and many other journals. He has been invited to read at bookstores, bars, universities, hair salons, museums, and laundromats. His first book The Existentialist Cookbook is being published by NYQBooks.