Marvin Smith, poetically known as “Jus’ Marvin”, is a spoken word artist/actor from Louisiana. He is using spoken word to build and expand the poetry community that he has grown to love. His love for the art of poetry brought him to create an artistry association named “Notebook Assassins” where local artists share the same stage with full-time artists both in and out of state. He has opened for The Shreveport African American Chamber of Commerce Business Expo (which featured Boris Kodjoe). He has featured in cities such as San Antonio, College Station,Baton Rouge, Alexandria and more.His work has been featured on platforms such as Write About Now,Bayou City Poetry Slam and Texas Grand Slam. In 2017, He took to the stage for his acting debut in the LGA Production “The Man Name Job”. This led him to his role as Ian in the Charming Arts Production “Mommas District”. Jus’ Marvin enjoys using his poetry to be an activist to stop the stigma of masculinity,sexuality and mental health. He hopes to shine the light on the power and art of poetry for all by using his growing platform.
“Poetry saved my life and I hope that I can show others how to let it do the same for them” said the poet