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Eddie Bell - Writing, Poetry & Motivational Speaking

Eddie Bell is a retired university educator, writer, poet, and freelance journalist/photographer. His new poetry collection, "Recrudescence: Poetry in the Key of Black," is scheduled for a Spring 2019 release. It is an eclectic mix of socially conscious poetry, a poetic treatise on the male nemesis — prostate cancer — and a poetic memoir, "Hallelujah Anyhow," written by him of his mother, whom he never knew, because she died when he was only two years old. The collection, Eddie's fourth, has been illustrated (and designed) by contemporary African American, Mexican, and white artists.

"Side Streets"

Eddie's letter and poem, "Side Streets," sent to then-President William Clinton, resulted in the purchase of the first work of art by an African American artist to be added to the permanent White House art collection. An inclusion from that letter in, "Invitation to the White House by then-First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton," reads:

"I implore you to think about the impact that a tour of the White House has on African American children, who travel great distances to see the home of our President, only to have it reinforced that they are invisible in many areas of America's glorious history."

Eddie has presented his poetry at noted venues, including St. Marks Church in the East Village, NY; City College of NY, Poetry in Performance, Aaron Davis Hall; 4th Annual Midwest Poets & Writers Conference, Detroit, MI; 1st Annual Woodstock Poetry Festival, NY; and le Duc des Lombards Jazz Club, Paris, France. His work has been translated into French and Russian.

Eddie Bell has been a youth advocate his entire professional career and is a pioneer in providing higher educational opportunity to students of color through the development innovative programs and approaches, enabling them to gain admission to the State University of New York. He currently is a member of the Arts Advisory Committee for the Friendship Day School for Science and the Arts, Charlotte, NC, and recently conducted a well-regarded poetry workshop for its kindergarten students.

He resides in Charlotte, NC.


Eddie Bell offers a range of services that include poetry performance, freelance journalism, motivational speaker, youth college preparedness workshops and counseling for ethnically diverse students, and effective college essay writing.

Eddie Bell has read his work nationwide in colleges and universities, libraries, and numerous other public venues and uses his poetry as a springboard to engage students from kindergarten to university in topics of social importance, personal development, and to encourage their creative endeavors.

His lengthy career as an Admissions Dean, Assistant Vice Chancellor, and Minority Program Director for one of the nation's largest university systems gives him a unique perspective and capability to consult in the program development for college-bound young people.

As a senior church administrator and College Club Director, Eddie Bell is proficient in the development and operation of church-based college preparatory programs for small churches populated with first-generation, low-income students.

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Eddie Bell - Renaissance Man

"Recrudescence: Poems in the Key of Black" was released April 2019 as an 8.5 x 8.5 color and black and white illustrated volume. Cover art by Nellie Ashford.

Recrudescence Front Cover Recrudescence Back Cover

Eddie's most recent journalistic publication, "Nellie Ashford: Charlotte Folk Artist Lands Giant Display at Charlotte Airport," appeared in Pride Magazine (Charlotte, NC), December 2018. It chronicles Nellie Ashford's career as a self-taught folk artist.

Eddie recently conducted a fun-filled poetry workshop for kindergarten students at Friendship Day (Charlotte, NC). He incorporated handmade ethnic dolls into his presentation.

Eddie returned in November from an extensive trip to South Africa. A photo of an impressive statue of President Nelson Mandela and a replica of his first public address after being released from prison are included in "Poems in the Key of Black."

Nellie Ashford the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC February 2019 Nellie Ashford at the Mint Museum,
Charlotte, NC
February 2019

Debut Reading of Recrudescence

My July debut reading of Recrudescence: Poems in the Key of Black at the Highland Public Library in Highland, NY was a tremendous success. The full-house audience was enthused and purchased many signed copies of the book.

Book Readings Planned

Planning for Black History Month readings are in progress for February 2020 in San Bernardino, California and Alex City, Alabama.


Charlotte, NC’s Pride Magazine will profile me in their November/December copy featuring “Remarkable Charlotteans.”


Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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