Poet and publishing entrepreneur Floyd Boykin Jr., a 1993 Monmouth College graduate, will return to his alma mater to stage a performance and speak to classes. Free and open the public, his performance will be presented on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Wells Theater.
Boykin is the founder and creator of the award-winning SpokenVizions Magazine, SpokenVizions.com and SpokenVizions Entertainment Group. The magazine is a publication geared towards the lifestyles and accomplishments of poets, spoken word artists and indie artists in the U.S. and Canada. It was the recipient of the 2011 National Poetry Awards Poetry Magazine of the Year, and Boykin has also received a lifetime achievement award from another organization for his services and commitment to the poetry community.
Since he began performing poetry professionally 15 years ago, Boykin has earned a poetry slam championship and won numerous other competitions. He has shared the stage or opened for the legendary Last Poets, as well as Jessica Care Moore, Ursula Rucker, Malik Yusef, Dahveed Nelson and the late Gil Scott-Heron.
Boykin recently released “W.A.R. on RedMoon7,” his fourth solo studio recording, which talks about social issues, self-love and advancement, and love for others. Also the author of three poetry books, he is currently working on music videos, a short film and a host of other ventures.
At Monmouth, Boykin majored in communication and theater arts, was a member of BAAC (Black Action and Affairs Council) and was a radio personality for all four years at WMCR, where he served as assistant program director.