Horace Mungin was born in Hollywood, South Carolina in 1941 and his family moved to New York City in 1946. In 1989 Mungin moved to Ridgeville, SC. Mungin started writing poetry in the mid-sixties during the genesis of the Black Arts Movement. Duringthis period, he published two anti-drug volumes of poetry, “Dope Hustler’s Jazz, 1968” and “Now See Here, Homes, 1969.” Some of his early writings appeared in The New York Times, literary magazines, and poetry anthologies. In the early seventies, Mungin helped found Black Forum Magazine, a widely acclaimed national publication for writers and was its first editor. In the late seventies, Mungin wrote a column for a Charleston, SC weekly newspaper that employed satire to explore a variety of political and social issues. The column was later syndicated to ten other weekly newspapers and had a six year run (’78 – ‘84). In 1991 a collection of those columns was published under the title Sleepy Willie Talks about Life. Recent published books include A Different Point of View, 2013, Truth & and Absurdities, 2014, and …Or Does It Explode, 2016.
Carlos Johnson, a native of Summerville, South Carolina, currently resides in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Johnson has founded organizations such as The Poetry Show and the Speak Freely Foundation (SFF). SFF, a non-profit organization, supports local youth in the arts. Its mission is to support, educate, and enlighten youth through the arts to better their lives as well as society. The SFF, in collaboration with the City of North Charleston, offers The S.L.@.M. (Speaking Life @mong Many) Poetry Program and the North Charleston Boxing Club at the Armory Park Center. Youth from the Speak Freely Foundation program will present with Johnson.