I was born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago and attended Queen’s Royal College. I participated in many extra-curricular activities such as being on the school’s committee for the Inter-School’s Christian Fellowship (ISCF) holding meetings on a weekly basis to discuss and debate varying problems facing the youth in the college from a Christian point of view. I captained the football team at the U-14 level where we made it to the zonal finals. That season I was awarded the “Player of the Year” award, the “Best Defender” award and the “Most Valuable Player” award. It was at this point that I dropped sports to follow my passion for the creative arts.
This is where I picked up the guitar and made singing a priority. I was taught by one of the Best instructors in the country, Shallun Sammy (ex Skid’Nevely, current Five Miles To Midnight) guitarist, I seemed to pick up things pretty fast. I also picked up acting and made my debut at the National Academy for Performing Arts (NAPA) in the Broadway Musical Hit ‘West Side Story’.
During this time I began performing at various ‘Open Mic’ events to gain performance experience with music and poetry. With encouraging reactions from the crowds I continued to perform and write. I had his poem ‘Daymare’ featured in the Trinidad & Tobago National Poetry Day, where it won first place poem reading. I am also a member of the Trinidad & Tobago Poet’s Society and a number of other poetry groups. I entered The Allen Prize for Young Writers and was a finalist in 2011 then won the Senior Poetry category in 2012. Many my poetic works were published in the popular student paper ‘The Student Press’ . I also began to compose original music at this time.
In 2011, I began a writing project. I desired to publish my poetry. I began contacting publishing houses and authors. After a couple bad offers from publishing houses I decided to do it myself. After serious research, I self-published the first volume of my Collection of Poetry. It is entitled “Affections: Collection of Poetry Volume One” and is available on every major online retailer including: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Sony E-reader and I-tunes.
In an effort to further grow my market for an online readership, I began learning the art of Spoken Word Poetry. I attended the first ever Official Spoken Word Class in the Caribbean. It was a class in the University of the Southern Caribbean entitled “SWRD101 Foundations of Spoken Word”. It was put on by the 2cents movement. I then joined the movement as an official Spoken Word Artist and has been performing even more in an effort to market my book.
Currently, I am pursuing my B.A in Theology & Religion at the University of the Southern Caribbean. I teach Religious Instruction part time in Queen’s Royal College. I am also versed in the languages of English, Spanish, French and I am currently learning Biblical (Koine) Greek.
on Dec. 05, 2012 :
Warren’s collection, Affections, consists of twenty-five romantic poems that play with language and emotion. Some are triumphant, some are sad, but all celebrate love, whatever its outcome. They all also celebrate language. De Mills revels in words. It comes as no surprise to learn that he is a songwriter too as there is real musicality to his verse. The rhythms and wordplay sweep you along. Opening poem ‘You Are’ explodes with alliteration and a prediction – ‘You are a poem perfectly penned’. In my opinion this whole book of poetry is perfectly penned. Throughout there is the mastery of words and meter in many different forms. We have free verse and rhyming verse, long flowing lines as in ’14 Year Old Valentine’ and ‘Thoughts of You’ and the short punchy lines of ‘Lass of Love Lost’, and sometimes both together as in ‘Dark Love’. There are superb images in every poem, some of my favorites being the endless maze and numerous corridors that embody unrequited love in the poem of that name, and the moon that floats in the sky like a leaf in ‘The Ailing Love’. The poems are joyous like ‘Bria’, or regretful, as is ‘Au Revoir’, but even if love brings sadness sometimes, it never makes this poet bitter. He sees the best in everyone and the value of every situation and celebrates the good and bad with his exuberant, energetic poetry. Upbeat, good natured optimism colors all his verse and makes it so enjoyable and positive.
This is a fabulous collection of love poems by a versatile poet. Some make you smile, some make you think, and they’re all enjoyable. You’ll read them again and again because they’re that good.
(review of free book)