GENIMEYE  - Poet


2002 and 2003 New Jersey Grand Slam Champion

Spoken word artist, writer and poet- Gemineye is a “dual personality” and strives to be “the future of spoken word!” Born June 11, 1976 in Washington State, this poet would arrive and settle in Mount Vernon, NY in January of 1979. “Money earning Mt. Vernon, “ as it was known, was home to known rap artists such as Heavy D, Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth; as well as actors and celebrities including Academy Award Winner: actor Denzel Washington, Legendary Dick Clark, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, and a list of others. 1997 was the year his writing took flight. 
 
Gemineye pursued college studies at the University at Albany, NY- where he received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. In his spare time, Gemineye worked endlessly towards developing his art. In June of 2001, his transition to Montclair State University in New Jersey would prove to be one of the greatest opportunities presented at the time. 
 
Employed as an Administrator within the office of Residence Life, Gemineye began to associate with various staff members, some of whom enjoyed attending diversified poetry readings throughout the Tri-state area. 

Gemineye made his way into the poetry scene August of 2001 at Newark, New Jersey’s Euphoria Café, which was hosted by HBO Def Poetry Jam’s “Flowmentalz”. Becoming a crowd favorite in nearly every venue he entered, Gemineye sought to hone his skills through poetry competitions. 

A 2002 finalist at the world renowned “Nuyorican Poets Café” in New York; a 2002 finalist at Serengeti Plains in New Jersey- he would soon hold the title of “Grand Slam Champion” in New Jersey and become a member of the 2002 New Jersey National Slam Team. Gemineye would reaffirm his position atop the Slam circuit in New Jersey with a repeat performance earning him a second year as the Grand Slam Champion for 2003 and earning him another spot on the 2003 New Jersey National Slam Team. He has performed throughout the nation for audiences of ranging from college students, high school students, and celebrities such as P.Diddy, Russell Simmons, Ludacris, Tweet, Tommy Hilfiger, and others during this years First Annual Hip Hop Summit Action Network Awards hosted by Russell Simmons, Ben Chavis, and Naomi Campbell. Gemineye has published material, both books and compact discs.

Since his start, Gemineye has worked diligently to use this art form as an avenue to express personal feelings about today’s issues, tales of truth pertaining to life, love, erotica, urban events and various aspects of living many people can relate with. 

You can catch Gemineye’s most recent television appearance on the third season of HBO’s Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry, currently being aired.

CREDITS: 2x Russell Simmons HBO Def Poetry, Hip Hop Action Network Awards