Prior to returning to college in 2011, I never considered using my writing as a vehicle. This changed while finishing my undergraduate Capstone project at the University of Denver. I discovered that my perspective often differed from many of my peers and that people were interested in the challenges I faced through my work. I also became aware that many of the peer-reviewed, academic journals required for my research did not reflect the cultural narrative of African Americans, Native Americans, and other historically underrepresented groups. The absence of these perspectives fueled my desire to prove their necessity and validity. I wanted bring attention to voices that have been silenced, oppressed, and ignored.
The M.A. in Professional Writing program at New England College provided a supportive and nurturing environment to explore these difficult narratives. Over the course the program, I had the opportunity to use my writing as a tool to challenge the dominant cultural narrative about race, cultural identity, and other social constructs. This became my motivation for writing--to bring attention to the experiences of the marginalized and ensure that those voices are represented within literary discourse.
I have self-published two books of poetry. My debut chapbook: Black Matters: Poems & Prose and Beyond Permission. Both books are available on Amazon.com.
Thank you for taking the time to explore my website. I hope you find its content to be meaningful, reflective and honest.
Devin James Baldwin
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