The Poet and the Poem
Featured Kondwani Fidel
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Kondwani Fidel has used the power of storytelling to confront education reform and civil rights all over the world. He was recently featured on The Tom Hall Show where he discussed his work and life story. Baltimore Magazine honored Fidel with the "Best of Baltimore" in 2021 for his poetic skills. Fidel is the author of The Antiracist, Hummingbirds in the Trenches, and Raw Wounds. In 2020, Fidel released his debut poetry EP "The Mud Was Made For Us," which is multilayered aesthetics of Fidel's steady flow, tactical wordplay, and smooth cadences crooned over laid back jazz beats. He received his BA in English from Virginia State University, and his MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore—and is currently a professor at Coppin State University. NPR called Fidel "one of the nations smartest young Black voices." He is from and based in Baltimore City.