Mckendy Fils-Aimé is a Haitian-American poet and educator living in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he is a co-organizer for the wildly popular poetry reading Slam Free or Die. He is an eight-time veteran of the National Poetry Slam as well as a perennial semi-finalist. At NPS, he has represented Slam Free or Die (2008, 2010, 2013, 2014), Worcester Poets’ Asylum (2009), and Boston Poetry Slam (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016) with multiple semi-finals appearances.
Mckendy is a two-time NorthBEAST Regional Slam individual finalist, ranking third in 2011. In 2012, he performed on the semi-final stage at the National Poetry Slam and was the runner-up at NUPIC, the National Poetry Slam’s prestigious underground individual tournament. After winning the 2012 World Qualifier at the Boston Poetry Slam, he represented the venue at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Fayetteville, Ark. He became the Champion of Champions of the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge in October of 2015.
A Callaloo Fellow and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Mckendy’s work has appeared in Amoskeag, Radius, Word Riot, The Nervous Breakdown, FreezeRay, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and elsewhere. In January of 2011, he toured the country as part of a poetry quartet called No More Ribcage. His first full-length manuscript will be published on Small Doggies Press in the fall of 2017.
The only thing Mckendy likes as much as poetry is his sneaker collection.
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