Shawn Welcome, a nationally known performance poet, is blessed with a gift to encourage, inspire, educate, and motivate. Shawn has more than 10 years’ public performing experience, which includes drama and acting. He has ministered to various churches across the Central Florida area and has also spoken in the corporate arena for companies, such as Nike, Johnson & Johnson, Hewitt Associates, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and much more. Shawn (former stage name, Willie Lowman) ranked 14 in the 2007 National Poetry Slam.
Shawn currently hosts “Di-verse Word,” at Dandelion Communitea Cafe, a weekly open mic, held near downtown Orlando, Florida. In 2010, Shawn resigned a corporate position to pursue his passion as a full-time poet, educator, and public speaker, which he believes to be his purpose in life. Shawn’s goal is to use his gift with words as a light in a dark decadent world, thirsty for hope and hungry for change. He is married to his beautiful wife, Jannah, and is the father of two children.
Today, along with performance poetry, Shawn Welcome is a student counselor at Oak Ridge and Jones High School for a non-profit organization called POPS which stands for Professional Opportunities Program for Students. Their mission is to prepare high school aged young people for college and career through a series of monthly workshops, a college tour, and summer internships!