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JOSEPHUS III-THE IMPORTANCE OF VOICE

Josephus III has made a big name in the poetry world.

Living in Greensboro since 1998, Josephus has worked as a full-time poet, writer, speaker and teacher for the last decade.

The self-employed poet has created many local waves. He is the creator of the Greensboro poetry series, Reasons 2 Rhyme and coaches the Gate City Youth Slam. He is also the host of 90.1 FM’s The Poetry Café. He teaches workshops for Guilford County’s elementary, middle and high schools.

“I think for 80 percent of people in the world, their greatest fear is speaking in front of people, giving that person confidence, vocabulary and the tool to speak in front of their peers is a great benefit of the art form,” said Josephus.

Highlights of his career include traveling to teach in places like Australia and South Africa. He has performed for big names, opening up for Kanye West and Floetry. He also performed for Oprah Winfrey during her trip to Bennett College.

Josephus’ poetry explores life, feelings, the world, and how to make it better. He is inspired by stories of triumph through personal tragedy that pushes people to greater highs. As a teacher, he is also motivated by youth.

“I think one of the most rewarding aspects is being able to teach young people how important their voices are,” said Josephus. “So as a teacher and educator, you become infinite almost because your words and expertise is constantly passed from one generation to the next. That’s one of our biggest attributes with this art form is the fact that our work can be appreciated and shared for years to come.”

A challenge in Josephus’ career is the consistency.

“There’s a fine line between the truth and honesty of real life and what people expect you to put on stage. So it’s difficult sometimes to be completely honest and creative on stage versus doing what’s expected. Being honest and open with yourself is probably the most difficult thing.”

Josephus’ goals for the future include expanding his international work.

“One of my goals next year or two is to be able to create some contacts internationally, to travel abroad annually to continue to teach and educate using poetry.”

Josephus does open mic poetry once a month every 3rd Friday at the Khalif Event Center at 2000 East Wendover from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. His Poetry Café is always looking for new artists from hip hop, country, blues, to soft rock.

Interested in learning more about Josephus III? Check out his websites: www.ThePoetryCafe.org and www.JosephusIII. com !

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