Shawnte Orion attended Paradise Valley Community College for one day,  but he has published three collections of poetry, Gravity & Spectacle (Tolsun Books), The Existentialist Cookbook (NYQBooks) and Faithful as the Ground (Five Oaks Press). He is a former Copper State Haiku Slam Champion and his poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Barrelhouse, Gargoyle Magazine, and New York Quarterly. He has performed at bookstores, bars, universities, hair salons, museums, and laundromats.

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