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About Eddie Bell

Performance Poetry

Eddie Bell is a people’s poet and Capt’s Dreaming Chair is a people’s book. His narratives, short or long, tell us stories that keep us human by laying bare the underpinnings of life. Eddie’s riveting poetry is and outgrowth of a rich family experience, a passionate social activism, his extensive travel, and a panoramic view of the world through his camera’s lens. Eddie’s writings, both entertaining and powerful, added to American history by initiating the purchase of the first work of art by an African American artist to be added to the White House permanent art collection. Eddie was born on the south side of Chicago, raised in suburban New York City and is a long time resident of New Paltz, situated in the picturesque Hudson River Valley of upstate New York.

“Eddie’s voice is calming and reassuring to us all, that one must be strong resilient, vigilant and purposeful in pursuit of fairness and understanding so that this apparent slide toward renewed bigotry, and meanness of spirit …can be stopped and reversed.”

Bob Richards, Publisher / President OUTLOUDBOOKS

Contact Eddie Bell to arrange an appearance.

Selected Appearances 1999/2000:

"Poetry In Performance," City College of New York
"Black History Month Event Series, "Sullivan County Community College (NY)
Outloud Poetry Festival 2000 (Claryville, NY)
Hue-Man Bookstore (Denver, CO)
Boomtown Beerpub (Leadville, CO)
"Our Lives," New 12 Connecticut
"25th Annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading," The Poetry Project (NYC)
"William Vasse Poetry Series," New Paltz University
"Featured Readers 2000, The Poetry Society of Woodstock (NY)


Associated Writing Programs (AWP) James Madison University
Catskill Reading Society, Claryville, NY
The Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, NYC
The Poetry Society of Woodstock
Medicinal Purposes Literary Review
Voices of the Valley, Mid Hudson Valley