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Poet Hank Stewart

Poet Hank Stewart

If you have ever read the work of inspirational speaker and poet Hank Stewart, then you might find it hard to believe that this profoundly talented writer did not scribe his first poem since May of 1991.

Stewart, who has been called a catalyst for action and a messenger of hope, considers spirituality, history and love as his major influences for delving into the world of literature. "My life experiences have had great influences on my poetry. Poetry has helped me deal with many issues." says Hank, who released his first book titled "The Answer" in 1993.

A devoted Christian, Hank believes that firm spiritual guidance can help and individual remain true to the mission of life and success. Therefore, he incorporates this belief in his poetry by encouraging people to move to new emotional heights and spiritual levels.

"I think conscious poetry is important, it documents history. It's a message to the people that stimulates the mind. If you look back over time poetry has made it's way into every aspect of life. "In 1997, Stewart released a special edition of poems in his book, "Daydreaming About You", which preceded "Stay Focus" published in 1998. With the popularity of the merging of poetry and jazz within the literary culture, Stewart soon began to transform his written work into "Spoken Word" poetry, which earned him a regular guest spot on the "Quiet Storm", a weekly radio broadcasting show highlighting talented poetry and jazz artists on on of Atlanta's top radio stations, V-103.

Over the past twenty years, Hank Stewart's poetry has awarded him many opportunities including working on programs with prominent officials such as former Vice President, Al Gore and contributing a piece honoring the mother of the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks with a special dedication. Mr. Stewart has recited his works for Rev Jesse L. Jackson, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Ruby Dee and Tuskegee Airman Val Archer. He also presented Mr. Carl Ware of the Coca Cola Companay a special piece of  his work