Mark "Metapoetic" Bennett

Author | Host | Poet | Spoken Word Artist | Marketing Director | Job Readiness Instructor | Business Consultant

BIOGRAPHY


“Art is either plagiarism or revolution” 
- Paul Gauguin

Mark Quasim Bennett is a multi-talented community activist, spoken word artist, graphic artist, teacher, and dancer from Westbury, NY. He is currently employed at the EOC (Economic Opportunity Commission) of Nassau County, Inc. as the Marketing Director and the Job Readiness Instructor. As a spoken word artist, Mark is well known by his stage name "METAPOETIC”. He has been writing poetry since 1999 and performing spoken word since 2004. He has featured in 20+ locations within the last 5 years, and host\spearhead an annual Soul Café Open Mic at his church. Throughout the years Mark has been a part of many activist and arts focused groups such as: Spark O.N.E., Calliope Literary & Film Society, Black Campus Progressives, Long Island Progressive Coalition, Pulpit Streets, V.E.R.G.E., PoemStars, and The Living Poets Society. When Mark isn’t running around assisting when he can, he does what he enjoys the most: spending time his wife Kristin Melissa Renee Bennett, his greatest inspiration. You can find both on their new blog and website, The Bonafide Lyrics & Marketing LLC.

PREVIOUS APPEARANCES

2012
February - Host\Organizer “Transitions Ministry Soul Cafe”
December - Featured Artist - “Shabach The Mic”
2013
March - Host\Organizer “U.N.I.T.Y. A Night of Positive Lyrics”
March - Featured Artist “This Women’s Work”
May - Featured Artist “Lyrical Expressions Open Mic”
August - Featured Artist “Where I’m From Video Release”
August - Featured Artist(PoemStars) “We’re All Artist”
September - Featured Artist(PoemStars) “African American Parade & Festival”
October - Featured Artist(PoemStars) “G2G Artist Choice”
October - Featured Artist(PoemStars) “ The Customer’s Often Wrong Book Release”
December - Featured Artist(PoemStars) “Sip This Open Mic”
2014
February - Featured Artist “Shabach The Mic”
June - Featured Artist “Beards, Bards & Boom Showcase”
July - Featured Artist “360 Art Jam Showcase”
September - Featured Artist(PoemStars) “African American Parade & Festival”
2015
June - Featured Artist “Hope Day 2015”
September - Featured Artist “Bradstock XXII”
September - Featured Artist “Cyrus Poetry Open Mic”
December - Host\Organizer “Poetry With A Purpose”
2016
April - Featured Artist “Coup De Mot: Spoken Word as a Vehicle for Social Change
June - Featured Artist “Hope Day 2016”
July - Featured Artist “Diamond Cash Birthday Celebration”
August - Featured Artist “Lifting the Veil”
August - Featured Artist “Spoken Word Sundays at Parkside Lounge”
September - Featured Artist “The Spirituality of Prince”
November - Host\Organizer “Let The Youth Speak Out”
2017
January - Featured Artist “Krisbel Benefit Concert”

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