Writer, spoken word artist, and mentor, Philip J. Curtis is a native New Yorker with roots in Jamaica West Indies, who arrived on the Colorado Springs poetry scene in 2006 bringing with him a new brand of New York City straight forwardness and swag along with the sensual sun of Jamaica West Indies. Mr. Curtis established luvsaverb.com in 2007 combining his love of music with the words of his poetry, the website presents a diverse collection of his works. Mr. Curtis is also part of a three person poetic group known as The Core who has performed at Word Wednesday and RAW Colorado Springs.
Performing throughout Colorado at various venues, private functions, and special community events "the midnight poet" continues to bring a spark of enlightenment to his stage performances.
Mr. Curtis is also an avid community steward. He has facilitated poetry workshops at schools as well as discussion groups throughout the community. He supports non-profit organizations such as CASA, LifeWithoutLupus.org, TESSA, and Art from Ashes. He has also performed in front of a panel of judges for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at the Showboat Talent Extravaganza 2012 in Colorado. His resume also includes a featured role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.in the play Ghost of Americas Past by Bill Durland.
In 2010 he established Poetry 719, on Facebook, to foster and support the freedom of self-expression in spoken and written word through community connection, education, and poetic unity for all ages.
Philip J. Curtis (aka the Midnight Poet) regularly performs at Word Wednesdays, Hear Here, Hear There, We're Here, as well as various Denver venues. Living out the answer to his father's question," What's it all for?", Mr. Curtis released a CD in 2010 entitled "What's it all for?".
Mr. Curtis’ motto: “is it fair to have someone stifle their creative genius simply because others might not find it appealing.”
What is luvsaverb (it's not just poetry) open mic?
Luvsaverb (named after a friend and poet based in NC) was established in 2007. The initial purpose was to provide a home for local poets and listeners to come and enjoy the spoken word. While carrying the motto”Is it fair to have someone stifle their creative genius simply because others wouldn't find it appealing” Luvsaverb quickly became a comfort zone for many to share and express their thoughts.
As time went by and the venue grew it became necessary to filter discussion in as part of the format for more crowd participation. That is when the introduction page to this website began to include "it's not just poetry in the title. We have discussed such topics as interracial relationships, Jim Horn, destiny, racial slurs and other derogatory terms.
At our one year anniversary on March 15, 2008 we discussed a piece written by “the midnight poet" entitled "Something Worse". The piece describes his failed marriage. The back and forth discussion was highlighted in an article by Jennifer Wilson of the Colorado Springs Gazette entitled Words that Show Instead of Hide.
Currently he is not hosting his own venue as he ventures into new avenues of sharing my gift. He is currently working on a number of projects that include but will not be limited to another cd, books, and private events.