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"Poet 'aspires to inspire' at showcase"

By JOHN THOMASON
When Yanatha Desouvre first started writing poetry, it was a
capitalist enterprise. For $2 to $4 a pop, he would sell his romantic
stanzas to classmates unable to talk to girls themselves. It was surely a more creative endeavor than selling lemonade, but
after a couple of years Desouvre's ambition exceeded that of a behind-the-scenes Cyrano. He began to explore his own life in his
poems, resulting in work that was personal yet universal. As a young man, the Haitian-born Desouvre was involved in a
barbershop shooting that inspired his piece "Walk Through this Journey," which would become the title of his first poetry collection.
The book's sequel, subtitled "The Next Step Forward," was published recently by AuthorHouse. Desouvre, who grew up in Brooklyn and Philadelphia before settling in West Palm Beach, sees his poetry as a kind of therapy, using the outlet as a way to explore the personal tragedies and triumphs of his life, from the death of a close friend to the recent birth of his first child.

"My books are the experiences I've learned from and the trials and tribulations I've gone through," Desouvre said. "I aspire to inspire
through my experiences. 'The Next Step Forward' continues these
experiences.

Desouvre is a regular on the slam poetry/spoken-word circuit,
performing about twice a month at
various South Florida venues, from
coffeehouses to cruise ships. His
next gig will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at
the first comedy and poetry
showcase at Delray Beach's The
Coffee District, an event hosted by
the ubiquitous Renda Writer.

"I get nervous every time I perform,"
Desouvre said. "But I use those
nerves as energy. They help push
me through it."
Embracing the possibilities of social
networking sites like MySpace and
Facebook, Desouvre's popularity has extended well beyond Palm Beach County, attracting
some 17,000 views on his video performance blogs (http://blog.myspace.com/yanatha) and
netting subscribers in Haiti, China and Japan.
In addition to his writing and performing, Desouvre is working on his master's degree in
marketing and manages the All or Nothing Group, a company that provides free technical
and entertainment consultation to artists in need.

Writer has known Desouvre for the past three years and has collaborated with him on a
spoken word CD. Citing his determination and punctuality, he said he can rely on Desouvre
for events like Saturday's.
"He's a really good poet," Writer said. "He's very positive; that's probably his best quality.
He's never in a bad mood."

That positivity is what separates Desouvre rve and Writer, a noted slam poet himself, from
the spoken-word herd, which often dwells on negativity for its inspiration.
"He's not your regular slam poet, and I'm also not like the average slam poet," Writer said.
"We're different from everyone else, and that makes us very similar to each other.
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Desouvre is one of 10 performers scheduled for Saturday's free event, co-hosted by Writer
and comedian Richy Lala. The lineup includes poets Brian Poem, Jay Wordsmith, Wilkine
Brutus and Chris Imperial and comedians Matt Z, Little Wayne Felber, Kirk Meadows, Jim
Fredrick and Franchesca.
"[The event] is a vision I've had for a while," Writer said. "Poetry and comedy are two art
forms that are very different but also very similar. In both cases, it's a person and a
microphone. A comedian has a comedic slant on everything they see in life, and a poet has
a poetic slant on everything they see in life. I'm a poet, but I've always been a fan of
stand-up comedy."

Desouvre will have books for sale at the event, and he plans to donate a portion of sales
from his upcoming book tour to fight breast cancer. Eventually, he'd like to license his work
to other media in an ongoing effort to change lives for the better.

"I want to impact peoples' lives positively, through music, commercials, film," he said. "I've realized that therapy for me can be therapy for someone else, too. I hope I inspire people to see the value within themselves through all channels."

The free comedy and poetry showcase will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Coffee District,
325 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach. For information call 561-455-0541. Desouvre's books
are available at www.amazon.com and other online booksellers.


- Forum Publishing Group


Discography

Walk Through This Journey: Volume One audiobook, Artist and co-producer
JuSill Presents: Street Poetry hosted by Cierra "The Midday" Godess Co-Executive Producer

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Yanatha, as he aspires to inspire, believes there is endless potential in everyone with pursuing their
dreams and accomplishing their goals in life. Yanatha has written five books and so far published two
books of inspirational short stories and poetry entitled "Walk Through this Journey: Volume One." and
his second book entitled" Walk Through this Journey: Volume Two (The Next Step Forward)”, available
now through www.authorhouse.com, www.amazon.com, and www.barnesandnobles.com
He's been a part of three major South Florida Local Author Showcases one in Boca Raton, FL,
Delray Beach, FL and the 10th Annual Delray Public Library Local Author showcase. In the past three
years he's been hand selected to perform at three major Spoken Word Poetry Showcases that featured the
best Spoken Word Poets of Florida, in 2007 at the Improv Comedy Club in Downtown West Palm Beach,
FL and at Java D'Lites in Coral Springs, Fl. He was part of the 1st ever SeaEscape Variety show and the
first ever Comedy and Poetry showcase in Downtown Delray Beach, FL. He’s also the co-executive
producer of the album that successfully blends hip-hop, rock, r&b, soul and the art of spoken word poetry
entitled “JuSill Presents: Street Poetry hosted by Cierra “The Midday” Goddess” available through the
Apple iTunes store.
Yanatha Desouvre was born in Haiti and grew up in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. He resides in
West Palm Beach, Fla. and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in marketing. In addition to his
constant writing and continued studies, Desouvre founded and manages the All Or Nothing (A.O.N.)
Group, a company that provides technical and entertainment consultation at no charge to those who need
assistance to pursue their goals. His work with A.O.N. is a testament to Desouvre’s confidence in the
endless potential he finds in everyone and his resolve that they should have every opportunity to reach for
their dreams. He is also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.
To see him recite his poetry, or for more information about Walk Through This Journey, visit
Yanatha YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/yanatha.
For bookings or interviews contact The A.O.N Group at 561-713-0462 or 954-914-4603