“Those days, I used to ask him what he feared, and he always said, ‘the bottom of a good glass.’ And then he stopped answering. And then he stopped coming home altogether.” This quote from Hanif-Willis Abdurraqib’s book, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (2016), speaks to the condition of Black people and how our struggle to survive can dissolve us into absence. It is also a testament to Enoch's purpose as a poet, to bring those who fear the bottom of the glass back home.
Enoch the Poet was born and raised on the north side of Wilmington, DE. His poetry examines the ways that trauma and mental health move through a family, as well as the outside forces that affect or have affected these developments. His goal is to create work for the younger him, work that deepens our emotional understanding and its cyclical relation to the conditions acting on the Black mind, body, and spirit. In 2017, he won the title of 2017 Philadelphia Fuze Grand Slam Champion and placed 28th out of 95 in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Washington.
He’s had work published in various literary magazines such as Wusgood and Open Mind Quarterly and before the end of 2017 he published his first full length book of poetry titled “The Guide to Drowning.” Off stage Enoch is a teaching artist who creates curriculum that uses poetry as a medium for processing transgenerational trauma. When he’s not performing or teaching you can catch him reading manga, watching anime or serving underprivileged communities as the Treasurer and Creative Director of Urgent 365, Inc, a non-profit working to move communities of color forward through resource distribution, education programming and social wellness events.