Marquise Person, artistically known as M-Dot da Poet, is originally from Chicago Illinois. He moved to Nashville from Jackson, Tennessee in 2011. M-Dot attended Middle Tennessee State University where he honed in on his love for poetry, and found a group of like-minded artists on campus: The Word Up! Poetry Collective.
M-Dot burst on the Nashville spoken word scene in July of 2011 at Soul Food Poetry Café, hosted by Nashville poet Imani Rhema. Since then, he has perfected his craft as a performer and has added another artistic vein to his repertoire: Author. M-Dot has published 3 books: "Poetically Speaking", "LateNiteWriting Vol. 1", and "Poet...Speak".
In 2012, M-Dot co-founded the That's That Juice Movement to help promote the awareness of the craft of spoken word, provide a stage for up-and-coming and seasoned artists, and produce poetry events around the Middle Tennessee area. #Thatsthatjuice then spawned his own open mic series, "A Night with da Poet & Friends", a creative production featuring local artists, dancers and lyricists.
M-Dot da Poet continues as an ongoing member of Word Up! and spends time mentoring students on MTSU’s campus in the art of spoken word poetry. He continues to promote his brand as well as the spoken word community of Nashville... one show, one mic, one poem at a time.
In September of 2016, he released his first spoken word EP, "Da Ode to Harlem" which is now available on Soundcloud. Here is the link below:
M-Dot is excitedly anticipating his opportunity to represent spoken word as our featured poet, and looks forward to sharing his craft with us at the Poetic Soul Sessions on Saturday November 5th. Don’t miss his phenomenal performance! See below for the ticket link!