The Pen Helps

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About the author:
A native of the Universe, Joann "Paradigm" Roberts was born and raised in the Chicago area. A Poet/MC and Musician/Producer; Paradigm is a 3 time Slam Champion as well as a Hip Hop Educator and Teaching Artist for at-promise youth. She promotes healing, self-reflection, growth, and awareness through the arts and is known for her laid back, mellow stage presence that is complimented by powerful words.

Paradigm travels all over the U.S. and overseas, sharing her art and facilitating Poetry/Hip Hop workshops. She has feature performances at various events such as slams, open mics, festivals and retreats. In addition to speaking at many colleges and universities, Paradigm has also opened for Dr. Cornel West and performed on stage with Reggae artist Pato Banton. In mission to have a positive impact on the world using art as both a wellness and therapeutic practice, Paradigm continues to release a number of Hip Hop/Spoken Word albums and Poetry books since first taking her art on the road in 2012.

The arts aside, Paradigm dwells in her passions for travel, teaching, and spending time in nature. She studied Philosophy and Physics, as well as Aviation Flight in college, and is a licensed Private Pilot.

For more information visit her website
All of Jo's audio is available for free download or donation at

The Pen Helps

Authored by Joann Roberts

Writer Joann Roberts symbolizes the publishing of her first poetry book to closing many chapters in life, and therefore making room for more to be written. Prospecting the themes of self, relationships and loss, The Pen Helps includes works written over the span of her teenage years and up through adulthood. Released June 25, 2012.

Publication Date:
1501062107 / 9781501062100
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / LGBT

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