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About the Poet

Douglas Powell (Roscoe Burnems)

Douglas Powell, artistically Roscoe Burnems, is an author, spoken-word artist, educator, TEDx Youth speaker, and Richmond, Virginia’s first poet laureate. He is the author of the collections God, Love, Death and Other Synonyms (310 Brown Street, 2019), Chrysalis Under Fire (The Writer’s Den, LLC, 2018), and Fighting Demons (Prysmatic Dreams Publishing, 2014). He has been published in numerous literary journals and magazines. In his time as a slam poet, he has been a two-time regional team finalist, and National Poetry Slam Champion. As a poetry slam coach, he has been a NPS Group Piece finalist and taken VCU’s poetry team to rank 3rd internationally. His first poetry and comedy special, Traumedy, is streaming on Amazon Prime and other platforms.



Virginia City or County Affiliation

North Chesterfield

Years of Residence in Virginia


Current City/State of Residence

Richmond, VA




Black or African American

Year of Birth



Social justice, spirituality, fatherhood, mental health

Published Works or Performances


  • God, Love, Death and Other Synonyms, 310 Brown Street, 2019.
  • Chrysalis Under Fire: A Collection of Poetry and Writings, The Writer’s Den, LLC, 2018.
  • Fighting Demons, Prysmatic Dreams Publishing, 2014.


Selected Individual Poems or Performances

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Douglas Powell (Roscoe Burnems)


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