Contemplations: Collection of Poetry Vol.2

Youth vs. World is the battle played by chess pieces on a board. The mind is the King, the spirit is the Bishop, the flesh is the Knight and the emotional wall is the rook. Every trend of thought, like pawns, explores the world around in hope of achieving knighthood... More

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About Warren L.G De Mills

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.

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