A tireless drive to persevere and a strong work ethic have led Andre M. Porter to become an award-winning self-published author and poet.
Porter will be holding a reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
The author’s works include Tears from My Pen and The Rise and Fall of a Jamaican Don.
In 2004 Porter was awarded Poet of the Year by the Famous Poets Society and was presented with the Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence. Later that year Andre was awarded number one Caribbean Author by the Philadelphia Multicultural Society.
The author has been described as highly determined and promotes a strong work-ethic through his own willingness to succeed.
“All our dreams can become reality,” Porter wrote. “People will call you a dreamer. Most lack vision or had a dream and stopped dreaming. America is not what you think of it, it’s what you make of it.”
The Rise and Fall of a Jamaican Don details the tumultuous rise of Jamaican boys to feared “Dons”, and gives an exposure to life as a Jamaican crime kingpin. It also reflects upon the first feelings of American Immigrants. The book is written as outtakes from a memoir authored on the run.
This event is presented by the SUNY Canton Carib-United club, the Office of the Provost, the Culture Arts and Technology Society, the School of Liberal Studies, and the English and Humanities Department.
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