Mannie aka Defiant Sun is a Brooklyn native of Puerto Rican and German decent, relocated to Lawton, Oklahoma in 2002. He spent 9 years on active duty where his highest achieved rank was Staff Sergeant. After he left the military in 2001 he resided in Newport News, VA where he worked for Coca-Cola Enterprises until his mother had a stroke and then moved to Lawton, Ok to help take care of his mother. Since his stay in Lawton, Ok, Mannie has started school at a late age at Cameron University where his major is History and Political Science. He has over come many obstacles which include surviving cancer in 2005 and which is a battle that he is still fighting to win every day.
His passion for poetry comes from the depth of his soul. His energetic performance and strength are heart felt within his performance. He can speak on many topics which include political, love, erotic, and historical.
Mannie has been writing poetry for about a total of about 8 years and performing his art since about 6 years. He as had many accomplishments which include organizing some of the hottest shows in the state of Oklahoma on a University level and professional level. He has also been published on www.poetry.com , www.destee.com, and an article in the Dallas Examiner where he as received honors for his work.
He has preformed along sides of some of the hottest poets in the country such as Taalam Acey, Mahogany L. Brown, L.I.F.E, Dan Vaughn, Michael Guinn, Stacey Williamson, Jenean Livingston, AJ Houston, Anthony Douglas, and Vocab just to mention a few.
He has preformed on many venues to include hosting at the Verbal High in Lawton, Oklahoma. He has been on stage at the 5th Avenue Soul Sunday in Addison, TX. Hosted by Michael Guinn and Stacey Williamson, at the Mecca and Pinach in Milwaukee, WI, and is soon to be featured in San Antonio, TX Let me know what you all think of this video, I know its kind of dark but the message is clear. Peace and Poetry.