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Mervyn Seivwright

Poet, Workshop Facilitator, Teacher

Location icon United States

Mervyn R. Seivwright is from a Jamaican family and was born in Dulwich, a south suburb of London, England. His childhood started in Ipswich, Suffolk in England and at age 10 he moved to the United States. He later joined the United States Air Force for 22 years leading to traveling the globe. During this time Mervyn took part in performance poetry and wrote 7 self-published collections of poetry while in these other countries or on deployed service.

Highlights from performance poetry events included opening for Def Jam's Comedian Bruce Bruce in Florida. He finished in the top 5 in the German American Institute Germany National Invitation Slam in Heidelberg Germany. He was a featured artist to the Paris Connection, an ethnic art collective that holds dinner functions in Paris France. He took first place at Cafe Kraaij & Balder Poetry Slam in Eindhoven Netherlands allowing him to finish in the top 4 at the Netherlands national level for Eindhoven. In England, he featured in Peterborough, Cambridge, and at Oxford’s Hammer and Tongue event. In London, he featured at the Bloomsbury Theatre, Brixton Arts Gallery, the Jazz Café, and placed 5th in England’s first National Poetry Slam.

Since returning to the United States, Mervyn completed an MFA at Spalding University’s School of Writing, Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, he has appeared or has forthcoming published works in AGNI Literary Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, I-70 Review Literary Magazine, The Trinity Review (Canada), African American Review, Voices Israel Anthology, filling Station Magazine (Canada), Allium A Journal of Poetry & Prose, Santa Fe Literary Review, Griffel Literature Review (Norway), Cape Cod Poetry Review, Burningword Literary Journal, INNSÆI Journal (India), Montana Mouthful Literary Magazine, iō Literary Journal, The Stirling Spoon, Flying Ketchup Press, Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, Cry of the Poor 2021 Anthology (Culture Matters Ltd - England), Black Sunflower Poetry Press (England), Military Experience & the Arts' (M.E.A.) literary journal "As You Were," Common Threads Literary Journal, The Write Launch Literary Journal, The Black Experience Anthology, The Scribe Literary Journal, Flights Literary Journal, Rigorous Magazine, Prometheus Dreaming Cultural Journal, and Toho Journal.

He has received recognition as Santa Fe Literary Review 2021 Pushcart Nominee, Second Runner-Up for Mount Island’s Lucy Terry Prince poetry contest, Honorable Mention for Voices Israel's 31st Rose Ruben Annual Poetry Competition, a Semi-Finalist for the Midwest Review's Poetry Contest, Z Publishing's Kentucky's Best Emerging Poets 2019, and has a poem commissioned by the British Museum, Ipswich, United Kingdom. Mervyn currently lives in Schopp, Germany.

Portfolio

Journal Publications

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Mervyn Seivwright's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Santa Fe Literary Review, AGNI, The Trinity Review, Montana Mouthful Literary Magazine, iō Literary Journal, Toho Journal, and Rigorous Journal, as well as in Z Publishing's anthology 2019 Emerging Poets in Kentucky. His work has also been commissioned by the British Museum in Ipswich, England.

Theamericanjournalofpoetry
01/01/2021
The American Journal of Poetry

Mervyn Seivwright's "The Weight He Carried," in Pushcart Prize 69th ranked journal in 2020, The American Journal of Poetry.

Griffel
First Highway Drive in America by Mervyn Seivwrigh - Griffel

Driving in America passing palm trees, Florida's grassy green marshlands, counting mile-markers in the rear seat of a gray station wagon with my brother. He and I navigating a map longer than our arms, playing magnetic checkers and chess, reading, counting red cars and navigating again.

The Trinity Review
04/01/2019
Page 31."Foreign Objects"

Volume 131 of the The Trinity Review published by University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

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MontanaMouthful on Twitter

Mervyn R. Seivwright was born in London, England, and is currently studying for an MFA in Poetry at Spalding University, Louisville, KY. You can find out more about Mervyn at: https://t.co/tdb2EICvPk; Facebook: Mervyn "DeepCobra" Seivwright; and @DeepCobra.

Flora Fiction Literary Magazine
12/21/2020
Flora Fiction Volume 1 Issue 4 Winter 2020 Poems on Pages 26 and 88

Flora Fiction is a collective of creative muses and inspiration. From original writing to reviews in music and entertainment, there's always something to be discovered. This forth and final issue of Volume 1, "Stillness & Solitude" has works of over 40+ poets, writers, photographers, and artists. Take a moment to enjoy.

Auroras & Blossoms Creative Literary Journal - Volume 2
04/08/2021
"There are instants when photos are clicked"

Auroras & Blossoms Creative Literary Journal - Volume 2 with poem "There are instants when photos are clicked"

The Stirling Spoon
Morrow's Tranquil Bearing - The Stirling Spoon

My mother always said tomorrow will never come, stressing my unclean room, unraked leaves could not wait on time. My teenage spirit had truckloads of time, putting off today for tomorrow. Her tomorrow was today-paying my loafing with sore arms, sore behind, restricted with more chores in kind-my ears echo her voice, tomorrow will never come.

Ohio Poetry Association's "Common Threads" Literature Journal
11/02/2020
"My Peace in Scheveningen"

Mervyn Seivwright's Poem "My Peace in Scheveningen," Page39, in the 2020 Edition of Common Threads by the Ohio Poetry Association.

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Rigorous: Mervyn R. Seivwright

Volume Three, Issue 1 Mervyn R. Seivwright: "I was born in London, England. I have appeared in Park University's The Scribe publication, Dayton's Flights Literary Journal and have been commissioned by the British Museum, Ipswich, United Kingdom. I am currently studying for an MFA in Poetry at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky and residing in Tipp City Ohio."

Prometheus Dreaming
Ignorance Still Inherits Attention | Prometheus Dreaming

Ignorance Still Inherits Attention my 3-stripe shoes-no name, not Filas, Chuck Taylors, Shell Top Adidas, nor matching Adidas sweats, Puma sweats, Nike windbreaker, bubble vest. Humbled in my plain jeans and t-shirt, generated their jokes-Yo moma so slow, fat, ugly, dumb.

News and Interviews

Spalding University School of Creative & Professional Writing
12/20/2020
Life of a Writer: Winter Edition

Exciting news & updates from students, alumni, faculty and staff. Enjoy! STUDENTS Theresa Anne Carey's (SW) first-semester screenplay, The Lady Pirates, is a Winner in the 2020 Moondance International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. She wrote The Lady Pirates under the tutelage of mentor Gabriel Jason Dean.

Mount Island
07/09/2020
Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Lucy Terry Prince Prize | Mount Island

During times such as these, poetry is often one of the vehicles that reminds us of the importance of bearing witness. Mount Island's Lucy Terry Prince Prize has come to a close and we are excited to announce our grand prize winner, Brittny Ray Crowell's "Blood Petition: A Prayer of Reckoning."

Spalding University School of Creative & Professional Writing
07/14/2020
Life of a Writer: Summer Edition

EXCITING NEWS & UPDATES FROM STUDENTS, ALUMNI, FACULTY & STAFF - ENJOY! STUDENTS Theresa Anne Carey's (SW) first semester screenplay, THE LADY PIRATES, written under the tutelage of Gabriel Jason Dean, and her horror/sci-fi screenplay SWINE HEART, which underwent a rewrite last semester with guidance from her mentor Larry Brenner and remote workshop mates, are...

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Mervyn Seivwright

International poet, a nomad constantly traveling to touch and inspire hearts. Mervyn R. Seivwright (Deep Cobra), is an English born Jamaican, that has grown up in the United States. He has lived and traveled between Asia, North America , Europe. This being the foundation of experiences that inspired his poetry while still in school.

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Mervyn Seivwright: Rust City Featured Author

Hi Mervyn, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hi Nicola. I am a poet that believes in social change one person at a time. My writing has developed along those lines influenced in travels and living in different countries around the globe such as England, Japan, Germany, and America; travels to more than 40 countries.

Spalding University School of Creative & Professional Writing
11/03/2019
Life of a Writer: Autumn Edition

EXCITING NEWS & UPDATES FROM STUDENTS, ALUMNI, FACULTY & STAFF! STUDENTS Jason Cooper (PW) launched his new theatre company, The Chicken Coop, on September 27th here in Louisville, Kentucky. More than just a theatre company, The Chicken Coop strives to provide a variety of entertainment offerings and to create a place for artists and audiences...

Eastern Daily Press
US servicemen remember 9/11

Under a blazing midday sun servicemen on the front line of the US war on terror today found hope in the horror of 9/11. Under a blazing midday sun servicemen on the front line of the US war on terror today found hope in the horror of 9/11.

Wright-Patterson AFB
African American Air Force veteran is Haiku master

Mervyn Seivwright, retired Air Force Master Sergeant, is an accomplished and published poet and Haiku master. He will present a poetry reading at the Black History Month luncheon at the Wright Patterson Club, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

Stars and Stripes
In his third book, airman honors love

RAF MILDENHALL - Tech. Sgt. Mervyn Seivwright doesn't consider himself a love poet, but in his new book "As Her Eyez Kiss," that's all he writes about. The 100th Mission Support Squadron airman plans to recite his new work Sunday during a book launch at London's Departure Bar.

Spoken Word History

Royal Air Force Lakenheath
RAFL, RAFM remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The following poem was recited at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Luncheon Jan. 17.4-5-0-5 4,505 days... 4,505 days from leading the bus boycott in the community To the bullet on the Memphis balcony 4,505 days... From sit-ins to marches Jail and,

https://www.fr.de
08/15/2003
Vielleicht hilft Alkohol

Lesung als Anforderung an Darstellungskunst: "Dichter Dran" im Oval Office Von Jamal Tuschick Sie ist kapriziös, zärtlich und so großzügig, dass man "umsonst in ihren Büschen pennen kann". Das behauptet Bud Rose von seiner Stadt, der er nahe kommt wie einer Geliebten. Als zur Minne entschlossener Galan tritt der eingefleischte Hamburger mit statuarischem Ernst auf.

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Brixton Art Gallery

Brixtongue is an established performance poetry night which takes place at Brixton Art Gallery every other month on the second Saturday. The next Brixtongue takes place on Saturday 8th October. Doors open at 8 pm, performance begins at 8.30 pm, and admission is £6/5. Some of our regular performers: Anjan Saha London based 'tablapoet'.

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BBC - Suffolk Don't Miss - Black History Month - Event Information

The Memorial lecture is a time for us to reflect on the heritage, contributions and achievements of Africans and descendants of the African Diaspora. To celebrate the collective journey, 'to speak' as W.E.DuBois stated 'of ourselves to a world that yielded us no true semblance or self- consciousness' / To honour those humanitarians whose vision and optimism enabled our society to embrace cultural diversity.

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8. Poetry Slam in Landsberg am Lech am 9. Juni 2007

Zum letzten Mal vor der langen Sommerpause kommen erfahrene Bühnenprofis und ambitionierte Amateure beim 8. Landsberger Poetry Slam zusammen, dem letzten Poetry Slam in dieser Saison. Sie alle stellen sich mit selbstverfassten Texten und ohne Hilfsmittel dem Publikum, das mit seinem Applaus über den Sieger der Veranstaltung entscheidet.Der Landsberger Poetry Slam ist mittlerweile in der deutschsprachigen Poetry-Slam-Landschaft bekannt für sein erlesenes Teilnehmerfeld.

Moonfruit
Exhale! - UK GOSPEL.COM - Urban UK Music

We arrived at LEONARDS EC1 for sound check at 5:35. Everything was supposed to be in place for a 5:30 sound check start. I was panicking because Mark the sound guy had not arrived. I got a call 10 minutes later; he's stuck somewhere (I was too annoyed to ask where exactly).

The Goddess ☥ Room
10/10/2004
RE-ENLISTED | The Goddess ☥ Room

Verbalized Mindz presents... RE-ENLISTED The night will begin with a special screening of BBC Three's Slam Poets 2004 followed by Open Mic and guest performances from special US guest poet & 2004 Nuyorican Slam Champion-Daniel Beaty ~ International performance poet-Deep Cobra and Dynamic spoken word recording artist-Phenzwaan + other specially invited guests.

Stars and Stripes
Poetry breathed into life from the mouth of a Cobra

A few hours before the semifinals of the United Kingdom's national poetry slam championship in London, the poet known as "Deep Cobra" was pretty serene for a man about to perform in front of a large group of peers and judges.

Self-Published Publications

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Trials Of A Stranger

Trials Of A Stranger [Seivwright, Mervyn R.] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Trials Of A Stranger

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Through their eyez

Through their eyez [Seivwright, Mervyn R.] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Through their eyez

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As Her Eyez Kiss

As Her Eyez Kiss [Seivwright, Mervyn R.] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As Her Eyez Kiss

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Kaleidoscope Paintbrush

Kaleidoscope Paintbrush - Kindle edition by Seivwright, Mervyn. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Kaleidoscope Paintbrush.

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
08/05/2011
Blood, Tears and Hope: Poetic Expressions of the Human Condition Paperback

‘Blood, Tears & Hope: Poetic Expressions of the Human Condition’ looks at the day to day issues that make major changes in our lives. Items of painful hurt to family members or ourselves that drive us to change the course for others following the same path. Through poetry this brings awareness and shares thoughts of hope with an outlook to move on. Not waiting for the awareness to be the moment instead of the months we have to live, or the things around us that we pass each day. An awakening...

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Prism Butterfly Odes

Amazon.com: Prism Butterfly Odes (9781492987963): Seivwright, Mervyn R.: Books

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