Massillon, Ohio, United States of America
October 30, 2010
The Poet’s Haven has teamed with The Love Initiative to bring the Music for Meals food drive to “Saturday Night With The Poet’s Haven” on November 20th. As an added incentive for donations, The Poet’s Haven will be publishing a limited edition chapbook/zine titled “Vending Machine: Poetry for Change,” that will be given FREE to anyone who donates non-perishable food items during the show. Food donations will go to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
Eric “Verbal Influence” Odum is a 20 year old poet hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. He has been part of Playhouse Square’s SlamU! program for the past five years. He is a peer mentor, running workshops and working on a personal level with teens on performance and writing. He was part of Cleveland’s National Youth Poetry Slam team for the past three years. He also runs a poetry group called Spit Poet Spit, which performed at Urbean Joe’s Coffee this past September. Eric is the founding member of an after school poetry group called New Age Poets. He started writing at the age of nine and began performing at fifteen. He has released one chapbook, “Unspoken Declarations,” and has a CD in the works called “Verbal Therapy.”