March 12th SPOKEN WORD Series Guest Readers:
Spider Jones a highly popular motivational speaker, much admired for his diligent work among the youth through his Believe to Achieve Charitable Foundation. His inspirational life story “Out of the Darkness” reveals his amazing rise from the impoverished, gang infested, inner-city projects of Detroit and Windsor and how, as a grade five dropout, he eventually returned to school at the age of thirty to become an honour student and radio host.
David has been writing poems for over 50 years. Poetry has always been an important element in his life. He views poetry as being more than putting words together in a rhythmic manner. David’s work initally explored the different forms of the masters, eventually finding his own style culminating in such poems as ‘On the Waterfront of Toronto’
Guest reader from our audience
NOTE: the March 12th event has been CANCELLED due to weather conditions
This event will be re-scheduled for next week – date & time to be announced
MEET THE SPEAKERS
SPIDER JONES: Biography
A grade five dropout and former gang member, Spider Jones beat the odds and turned his life around.
Gang life led Jones to a violence-filled youth. He knew street life couldn’t have a happy ending, and looked for something constructive to get involved in. Jones quickly learned to channel his street smarts in the boxing ring, ultimately winning three Golden Glove Championships and securing a place for himself in the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame.
Once his distinguished boxing career was behind him, Jones realized he could translate the discipline it took to succeed in the ring into other areas of his life. He went on to co-host the syndicated television show Famous Knockouts with boxer George Chuvalo before landing his own radio show on Toronto’s Fan 590. The Spider’s Web quickly became the number one overnight radio show in Canada, featuring interviews with such sports greats as Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, and Wayne Gretzky.
Today, Jones dedicates much of his time to telling his story across North America and through his book, Out of the Darkness. His message of hope recounts his own journey from gang life to respected role model, and illustrates his message that no dream is unattainableJones is an avid community activist and spends his life as a positive role model for both youth and adults alike. He is also an honorary member of the Guardian Angels.
DAVID HOBBERLIN: Biography
- Poets of Canada 1969 – anthology – ‘Laughter’
- Best Poems of the ‘90s – anthology – ‘The Sentinel”
- Tucumceri Literary Review – magazine – ‘The Long House’
- magazine – ‘The French Trapper’
- The Pipe Maker and Other Poems – chapbook – ISBN 1-884710-20-4
- ‘The Star Maidens’ – audio presentation – April 2011 for poetry month
- Big Art Book – digital anthology- Monica Ladell Award 2012 for best poem – ‘On the Waterfront of Toronto’
- Open Heart 5 – anthology- ‘Glass’
- Inspired Heart Edition 3 – anthology – ‘The Persian Song’ – soon to be published
I have been writing poems for over 50 years. It has always been an important element in my life. At University, I had the good fortune to meet as well as listen to Canadian poets Earle Birney and Irving Layton. Then as I was starting my business career, I encountered Milton Acorn in the same year he won the Governor General’s Award for poetry. These three poets made a lasting impression on me. I understood that for myself poetry was more than putting words together in a rhythmic manner. So I began to explore the different forms of the masters attempting to emulate their work. Eventually my own style began to emerge culminating in such poems as ‘On the Waterfront of Toronto’.