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Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Featured Poet Influence



Sharmont (Influence) Little is a Black American Poet and Activist from New Haven Ct. Who has been called engaging, prolific and truly passionate.


Influence’s goal is to educate and inspire people of all ages and mindsets, with a strong focus on the youth of the inner cities. He has performed at a host of Universities all over the country. He made a name for himself as a slam poet winning over a 100 slams nationwide and being a 5 time member of the Connecticut slam team Verbal Slap, Including coaching the 2017 team . Influence is also the 2018 grand slam champion, and coached the 2021 Yale University Slam team. Having done all that he is the founder of Influence A Life LLC, a multi purpose company that creates curriculums on Social Emotional Learning using the foundation of poetry. He also finds great passion in the yearly Holiday food drive he does twice a year. This is fueled by the Influence A Life Apparel line which he is designer and operator. He lives by the saying always show your GREATNESS!

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