Poetry Out Loud - Guest Speaker - Southwestern Illinois College


SWIC Diversity & Inclusion Committee is honored to host guest poet Charlois Lumpkin aka Mali Newman for the 21/22 South Central Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition.  We thank Mali for sharing her unique voice—filled with her passion for poetry and her dedication to black history in education— in SWIC’s celebration of Black History!

Now, more about Mali Newman…


Charlois Lumpkin, aka Mali Newman, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a member of the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club and its performance troupe, the Soular Systems Ensemble.

She was 2010/2011 E. Desmond Lee playwright competition winner in the 10-Minute Play Category.  

Her poetry and prose have appeared in Drumvoices Revue, Valley Voices – A literary Review, Crossing the Divide from the Poets of St. Louis, The Hoot and Holler of the Owls, an anthology published by the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, Merge Magazine and the forthcoming anthology 400 years:  stories of black people in poems written from love, publisher Broadside – Lotus Press.