Devin D. Coleman is an author, poet, and public speaker whose work embodies the art of turning tragedy into triumph. Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Devin’s life took an unexpected turn while he was a student at Florida A&M University. An act of poor judgment landed him in prison his senior year causing him to squander what he worked so hard to accomplish. It was during this time that Devin chose to redirect his life through harnessing his talent for writing. He subsequently published his first volume of poetry titled Prisoner to Poet: Thoughts of an Incarcerated Soul. Upon his release, Devin went on to complete his education at Edward Waters College in 2008. He graduated with a 3.7 GPA in Organizational Management.
He serves his community in various ways by utilizing his skills and passion for civic engagement. Devin is a former Executive Board Member of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), a Volunteer Board Member for the Duval Regional Juvenile Detention Center Advisory Council serving in the role of Secretary, serves on the Client Advisory Board (CAB) of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Member of the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Team as a part of Responsible Fatherhood -An Initiative of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Chairman of the Fatherhood Initiative Task Force in Jacksonville, FL, and a 2017 Criminal Justice Reform Lobby Day Ambassador.
He has also served as contributing poet for Promoting Purpose Magazine as well as a blogger for Urban Image Magazine. In 2017 he launched his second blog Heart and Soul of a Single Dad in order to highlight and encourage the building of relationships between father’s and their children. Devin’s mission is to encourage and enlighten youth to prevent them from making similar mistakes he once did. This passion has created opportunities for Devin to speak at various events such as the Magnolia. Leadership Academy Graduation, JA Boy$ (Junior Achievement Florida) program, Hooping 4 Hope’s 2nd Annual event, Better Justice Florida Forum, just to name a few. He is currently working on several workshops with the intent of adding a visual context to his speaking engagements. Also, fall 2017 will be the tentative release of his sophomore publication tentatively titled Prisoner to Poet: Poetry and Prose.
Ever wonder what a man thinks when he can't provide for himself? Have you ever thought about what will happen to a man when taken out of his comfort zone? What happens when his body is incarcerated and his mind roams free. Take a journey thru the eyes of a man born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. After being a resident of the Department of Corrections only two things happen. You become better or worse because you will never be the same. Poetry became his escape from the insanity that surrounded him. The pen and paper became the release of anger and frustration. Now it's time to share it with the world.
“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
- Charles Swindoll
Prisoner To Poet: Thoughts Of An Incarcerated Soul Prisoner to a Poet is a very inspirational book for people from all walks of life. There are poems inside to make you laugh, cry, contemplate life, and get motivated. I would recommend this book a thousand times, which is just about how many times I have referred back to it. This is a must have in any book collection.
If you like poems, well this book is for you. The poems are very personal and gives a glimspe in poet's soul during his most personal trials. This book will capture your attention through the end. I couldn't put it down and read the entire book in one day. Very inspiring, awesome read for poet lovers! Enjoy!
Devin Coleman is a great up and coming author. Having known he was incarcerated when he drafted the poems makes me appreciate it even more. Some poems touched different aspects of my life and provided me with the inspiration and motivation I needed to keep on pushing. I admire the determination that is displayed in his poems. Although imprisoned he let his thoughts run free using a pen and paper. I highly recommend this book. I loved it!
Devin has taken the time to share his insights which is a very strong beginning to a prosperous future for him. I am looking forward to watching him expand on his ideas! Thanks for sharing with us Devin! Dr. Johnson of SistersInHeight on Facebook