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February 6, 2024

Milton Bowens comes to City College

"I hope to bring more attention to the Harlem Renaissance," said author Milton Bowens on Feb. 14 at City College. Photo courtesy of Kelly Duhain

Milton Bowens and friends ignited a night fueled by raw emotion and captivated an intimate audience with poems from Bowens’ book Words Left Over…the Possibilities.

On Feb. 14, the author and artist sat humbly in the audience inside the Cultural Awareness Center on campus as spoken word performers such as Laura Cook and tag team Troublesin and Coon graced the microphone in his honor.

In a celebration of his book signing, the artists read Bowens’ haikus – very short Japanese poetry – like old, wise tales so passionately, I was entranced with each and every word that rolled from their tongues.

Inspired by celebrated writers such as, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Richard Wright, Bowens stated that “by incorporating poetry into my artwork, I hope to bring more attention to the Harlem Renaissance,” an era in which Milton said is extremely underrated.

The passion the author displays in his new book is a self examination of reasons why Milton feels his past relationships failed. The poems translate into a painting and are deep rooted thoughts from Bowens’ self journey.

Throughout his book, Bowens uses urban code words in an effort to play with styles of writing and in turn engaging the reader.

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Standing uniquely and bravely as an individual, wide open and maybe even vulnerable, Bowens work is a surefire must see.

Bowens, the American painter has been creating authentic masterpieces for over 20 years and has been published over a dozen times. His heartfelt artwork, which is inspired by his urban upbringing, can be found currently at the African American Museum and Library in Oakland, California. He also has art pieces at Sierra College from February to the third week in March.

Local tag team poets, Troublesin, 22, and Coon, 22, said they are on a mission to inspire young people in the community, teaching boys how to be men and girls what to look for in a good man.

Focusing on change for the better, the tag team said they are not only poets but mentors in the Sacramento Community. Troublesin stated, “We are not just giving knowledge, we receive it.”

“When you think about art as a craft, you have to know why you do it,” Bowens added. “Have conviction and control your own story.”

For more information on Bowens, visit

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