“If you’re not inspired by life, you’re not paying attention.”
As we navigate this perilous moment, may we find some sliver of grace. May we reckon with our privilege. Choose beauty and curiosity over rigidity. Compassion and fullness of heart over closed mindedness. And social connection over geographic isolation — even if it be temporarily virtual.
Difficult times across history have always resulted in explosions of creative expression. Art as a means of better understanding our shared human condition.
Few people embody this ethos more thoroughly than today’s guest, one of my very favorite people breathing air on planet Earth.
Generous, present and deeply curious, he goes by the moniker IN-Q.
Long-time listeners will fondly recall our two previous sit-downs (RRP #81 & #118 back in 2014) and his appearance at our more recent live event (RRP #473). For those new to the show, prepare to be amazed.
IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam Champion, award-winning poet, spoken word artist and multi-platinum songwriter who has shared the stage with everyone from Barack Obama to Eminem. Named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 list of the world’s most influential thought leaders, IN-Q is the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil and has been featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
Inspiring audiences around the world through his live performances and amazing storytelling workshops, his poetry videos have a habit of going viral, clocking over 70 million views to date.
Following in the tradition of some of the world’s great poets, IN-Q crafts verse that not only entertains, but challenges listeners to take a deep look inward to consider their place in the world, their impact on the environment, and to recognize the threads of loss, forgiveness, transformation, and belief that are woven into all of our lives.
Today he shares his story, wisdom, and unique gifts.
The occasion for this particular conversation is Inquire Within, IN-Q’s long-awaited, wholly original, deeply authentic and inspiring new book.
Hitting shelves everywhere this week, the book — and this conversation — is a contemplation of universal issues: love, loss, forgiveness, transformation, and belief.
This conversation was recorded pre-pandemic. However, the wisdom is timeless. Shining a light on the shared human condition, IN-Q provides a dynamic lens through which to think about ourselves and the world — something we need now more than ever.
Today I shine that light on him. The result is glorious.
The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. In addition to the two poems performed during the podcast, we also filmed a third poetic performance post-podcast which you can view here. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Provocative, entertaining and refreshingly honest, IN-Q is unlike any other.
May his presence, wisdom, experience, and poetry help you reimagine your truth.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect With IN-Q: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
- IN-Q Live: love.consciouscityguide.com/inq
- TED Institute: A poet’s plea to save our planet
- TEDxHollywood: A Poem About Saying Yes
- Forbes: IN-Q: What You Can Learn From A Poet About Career Success
- HuffPo: Multi-Platinum Winning Songwriter and Poet IN-Q Talks Poetry
- YouTube: The Wrong Side of History || Gun Violence… It’s Time to Talk About It
- YouTube: I Believe In Superheroes
- YouTube: The Only Reason We’re Alive
- YouTube: The Valentine’s Day Poetry Bomb Everyone Needs to Hear
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