About the Author:
G.P.A.(Greatest Poet Alive), the Phenomenal Poetic Unsub, is an award winning author and Poet from the south side of Chicago. He has penned three books of Poetry (The Confessional Heart of a Man, The Book of 24 Orgasms, and The Mind of a Poetic Unsub). G.P.A. will release his fourth book, Revenge of the Orgasm, on April 29, 2013. Currently, he is the defending Moth Storytelling Champion and will win the Grand Slam on April 24, 2013.
MF: What makes you the Greatest Poet Alive?
GPA: The moniker is an attention grabber, first off. Aside from that, my charisma, my talent both with the pen and on the microphone, and add the unrelenting will to place myself in the spotlight make it difficult to argue otherwise.
MF: You “perform” your poetry which harkens back to the beatniks of the past and the current slam poetry that’s captivated audiences. How does performance poetry and written poetry compare in your mind?
GPA: Written Poetry is the beginning of it all. There is nothing like picking up a writing utensil and letting the words flow and show people what is on my heart and mind. Performance is effective because a lot of people have gotten away from reading, so this gives them another chance to see and hear Poetry, which is actually a very cool dynamic that writing doesn’t give. This only works if the Poetry is performed well.
MF: What do you think award winning poets such as Alice Walker, Cornelius Eady, April Bernard and Billy Collins would say about your poetry?
GPA: These Poets would say they love my storytelling ability and my baritone voice. Writing wise, they would marvel at how I vividly paint pictures with my pen.
MF: Are there particular poets you try to emulate?
GPA: No, there are no Poets I try to emulate. I emulate successful and driven individuals, specifically 50 Cent, Kobe Bryant, and Miles Livingston.
MF: What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
GPA: I make it my business to converse with and be on the presence of beautiful women, not sleep much, and drink a lot of Coke Zero.
MF: How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for you?
GPA: I am a gorilla when it comes to marketing. My team and I take this Poetry to places where Poetry is and isn’t. We work online as well as offline. There are no days off. There are plenty of free or inexpensive ways to promote, so we exploit them as well.
MF: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an poet? What has been the best compliment?
GPA: The toughest criticism as a Poet I have received is twofold. As a writer, I have been criticized because I like to rhyme couplets and have a penchant for wooing beautiful women. As a performer, the idea that I don’t sound like anyone has made me a target, as well as I don’t curse in my Poetry. The biggest compliment I have received is that people can see my Poetry.
MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
GPA: Just write and there are no days off.
MF: If you could describe Hershey, Godiva and Dove chocolate as people, how would you describe them?
GPA: Hershey would be Marc, Godiva would be his girlfriend, and Dove the child they have together.