As an author, poet and freelance writer, Charles L. Chatmon is a fresh voice in the world of literature. His works of poetry captured in his books The Depths of My Soul and The Voices of South Central is written with a “stark sensitivity and style”. As a freelance writer, Charles contributed articles for the California Crusader News, L.A. Wave Newspaper, and the L.A. Watts Times. His works have also appeared in Consciousness Magazine, Empire Beat Magazine, and college newspapers. He was a sports editor for his high school newspaper and a sports columnist for his college newspaper.
Aside from his written work, Charles devoted his time helping to develop events such as the Los Angeles Black Book Expo, where he served as its executive director. He helped to create the Authors Pavilion for the first annual Leimert Park Book Fair, the Literary Village for the African Marketplace and the Literacy Awareness program for Community Day in Los Angeles. Charles is the co-owner of Chatmon’s Books, an online bookstore. He has taught writers workshops in the African American Museum and Library at Oakland and the AC Bilbrew Library in Los Angeles.
In addition to his past accomplishments, Charles has participated in: the West Coast Black Writers Festival as a panelist, in the same role in the UCLA Bruins Speaker Series, a guest speaker at the California Writers Collective Empowerment Luncheon, the African American Museum and Library in Oakland's Meet The Authors program as a speaker, used his talents to appear in community events and Career Days in secondary schools in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas. Charles was a guest moderator for an Authors Spotlight event inside the Barnes and Noble at the Grove.
Before focusing more time on his written works, Charles worked as a teacher’s aide for the Los Angeles Unified School District and teacher for the Compton Unified School District. While at Compton, he was an instructor for a writing lab and English classes for his middle school students. He coached his school’s baseball team for one year. Charles served as a volunteer for his local YMCA as a coach for their sports programs and camp counselor.
Charles L. Chatmon holds a Bachelor of English degree from California State University, Los Angeles.
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