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Born Douglas C. Powell, Roscoe Burnems is a father, husband, educator, poet, spoken-word artist, and teaching artist -in that order- from Richmond, VA. He is a National Poetry Slam champion (2014), two time Southern Fried Poetry Festival team finalist (2009, 2014), and published author. Roscoe has dedicated his art to using poetry as a therapeutic means to battling all forms of oppression while also bringing light to depression and anxiety in the Black community, especially in young men. These struggles, while they may seem world's apart, often go hand-in-hand as the trauma we face as a culture can create or exacerbate internal struggles that are often unexpressed.