Writer, spoken word artist, and mentor, Philip J. Curtis is a native New Yorker with roots in Jamaica West Indies, who arrived on the Colorado Springs poetry scene in 2006 bringing with him a new brand of New York City straight forwardness and swag along with the sensual sun of Jamaica West Indies. Mr. Curtis established in 2007 combining his love of music with the words of his poetry, the website presents a diverse collection of his works. Mr. Curtis is also an avid community steward. He has facilitated poetry workshops at schools as well as discussion groups throughout the community. He supports non-profit organizations such as CASA,, TESSA, and Art from Ashes. He is a founding member of Hear,Here! Poetry and in 2010 he established Poetry 719, on Facebook, to foster and support the freedom of self-expression in spoken and written word through community connection, education, and poetic unity for all ages. See Events page to catch The Midnight Poet in action.