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I have always known poets to be very expressive people. A hand gesture here and a sound effect there would convey the message of their beautifully choreographed words. I didn’t realize there were poets who could deliver profound punches sans animated expressions until I met Chantel Massey.

It was the summer of 2016 and I had attended an event highlighting women creatives of Indianapolis. I was there to support a good friend of mine who was one of the featured hip-hop artists. It was during this event that I would become a fan of Chantel’s.
 

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She approached the stage like a meek 12-year-old who was charged with addressing a large group for the first time. In her introduction, I remember Chantel mentioning that she had not performed for some time. What came next was more than ordinary. The first line of Chantel‘s poem drew me in instantly. I was captivated. Her poetry was deep, sultry, and laced with mystery. Chantel was a quiet storm: humble in appearance and powerful by force.

Now, almost two years later, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the next book to be published by VK Press is authored by Chantel Massey! Her first book, Bursting at the Seams: A Collection of Poetry, will be released on her birthday, February 21, 2018! To learn more about Chantel and her book, visit her author page on VK Press! The official book release party will be on Friday, February 23. We cannot wait to share this body of work with the world!

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Shavonne

(@vonne_kaye) is an author designer, and the blog curator for All Things Inspiration. Shavonne hosts a weekly show Ladies Night Podcast on Apple Podcast. She enjoys traveling, fitness, movies and the arts.