Poetry Jam-Yunus Quddus

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Poetry Jam with featured poet Yunus Quddus

At the age of 19, Yunus went public with his poetry, for the first time, at Brave New World in Philadelphia.He has set a lifelong goal to be heard globally. While at Johnson & Wales he founded The Underground Poetry Club, which brought together artistic minds to share their ideas. Yunus has appeared on Brown University Radio and WDAJ A.M., The Drive with Angelo Marinoch. Overtime, he set another goal to create music that can bring in all ethnic cultures and backgrounds. In 2005, he opened for Philadelphia’s legendary poet Ursula Rucker and HBO Def Jam Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo at Sound Session. He also had the honor of opening for Slick Rick. Yunus has been a finalist in poetry slams at the Lizard Lounge, Boston and AS220 in Providence. He has also taught poetry and acting at the Met Technical Center, Johnson & Wales Poetry Club and CCRI.

Rumored as the “hardest working and well-loved poet in Providence”. Yunus has been invited to and performed at every college and university in Rhode Island and surrounding areas, such as, Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Salve Regina University, and Bryant College, Boston College, Roger Williams University, UCLA, LA Film School and more.

Yunus is working on publishing a children’s book, as well as completing a brand new CD project.
He has a self-published chapbook entitled Lost Poets consisting of pieces he has memorized
over the past 20 years.

Currently, Yunus is producing workshops for Providence Community Libraries.

He also conducts poetry workshops in schools including Qualters Middle School and Community Preparatory School. He challenges the student to create limitless possibilities using words as a means of self-expression. Additionally, he is embarking on the new venture of storytelling to children. Yunus hosts open mic nights and poetry slams at The Spot Underground and Got Poetry Live. He is, also, the residential poet at Roots Cafe. He performs his own compositions, as well as, the writings of classical poets such as Robert Frost, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sylvia Plath.

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