Juan David was born in the city of Manizales, Colombia and immigrated to the United States of America in 2003. He holds a minor in Cinema Studies from the Film Program at the University of Central Florida and is currently working towards his Bachelor’s in English Literature and a certificate in TESOL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). On his free time, Juan enjoys working as a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future in Orlando. However, he is currently works with Ocean Drive Magazine in Miami Beach as an Editorial Intern. His passion for writing encompasses a wide spectrum, from the creative (scriptwriting, poetry, short story) to the professional (news articles, technical writing).
Most recently his poems have appeared in Myths of the Near Future, The Cadaverine Magazine, Young Poet’s Network Imagined Lives Poetry Challenge, 20×20 Magazine Issue 7 in London, The Shine Journal Poetry Award 2009 and Commended Foyle Young Poets of the Year 2009.
Maya Angelou once said, “a bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song” and this I’ve come to understand as my motto, both as a human being and an artist–a poet. Others, it is understood, sing for many other reasons, mostly to get answers. Answers which, many a time, we aren’t quite yet ready to hear or understand. Others sing because they have no choice and unfortunately–many many others, having the choice, cannot exercise it; because their religion tells them so, because their political party justifies it, because their country is at war. A bird, indeed, doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song–but when that song is stifled–that is when one should always demand an answer.
I once heard something about a poet being the voice of the soul. Therefore, in this blog I hope to encourage other poets to become that voice that always demands answers, and never forgets its song. So, as I said in one of my poems: “prose it, blog it, text it, chant it, speak it, film it, sex it, write it! This, is the fire that we harbor, this is the reader and the writer!”.
In this site you will find my poetry, articles, short stories, prose and scripts under Work on the right hand corner. You shall find also links to web-pages I’ve deemed important to my development as a poet and which I hope to update continuously (these you will find under Blogroll)–for a description of what they are about, just hover your mouse over the blogroll link.
Under About you can also find other additional things like Juan’s Advice, Today’s Song, Favorite Poems, Poetry News, Quote of Today which you may also find interesting and I will try to update from time to time.
This is my first blog ever, so I’m completely new to blogging and am still figuring out the ins and outs of it. So, if you are interested, feedback is always welcome and (of course!) I encourage you to share this blog with friends, professors, fellow writers, fellow artists, and discussions are always becoming. Hope you enjoy!
Myths of the Near Future E-Magazine
Young Poet’s Network Giant Olympic Relay Poem
The Cadaverine Magazine
Young Poet’s Network Imagined Lives Poetry Challenge
The Shine Journal Poetry Award
Commended Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2009
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