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Sometimes, you just get lucky. I don’t know how I was fortunate enough to find @upfromsumdirt, but one day in my Twitter feed, there he was.

He is going to send me more updates after he eats some cookies.

You can view his portfolio at upfromsumdirt.com, and if so moved you can find him across the spectrum of social media sites. I hope you will. After all, this is a man who says, Mr. Snuffleupagus is my spirit animal.” And there is nothing not to love about that.


“upfromsumdirt”, aka Ronald Davis

upfromsumdirt is a Louisville artist currently residing in Lexington, Kentucky, with his partner and their way too many books for their small house. 

an autodidactic, “brothadirt”aka Ronald Davis, is an award-winning artist (Kentucky’s Al Smith 2010 Award for Visual Art; the 2010 African American Art Exhibition at Actors Theatre of Louisville) and has galleried in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee, and participated in curator Tewodross Melchishua’s traveling art exhibit entitled MCs, MICS, AND METAPHORS;his work has also been featured on the covers of African American Review and Tidal Basin Review and he has created book cover designs for Crystal E. Wilkinson (The Birds Of Opulence and the reissue covers for Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street), Dr. Adam J. Banks (Digital Griot), Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (The Glory Gets), Keith Gilyard (The Next Great Old-School Conspiracy), The Workhorse Lexington Poetry Month Anthology (2017 and 2018), Makalani Bandele (Hell-Fightin’), Bernard Clay (English Lit), as well as for his own chapbook collections (Caul & Response, Argus House Press 2015 and Tangerine Tubman: A Long-Playing Poem, Left-Handed JuJu Press 2016). upfromsumdirt’s art or poetry has been featured online at Connotations Press, About Place Journal, New Southerner, Accents Radio, and Nat Creole Magazine.

sumdirt’s latest poetry volume, To Emit Teal, will be published October 15, 2020, by Broadstone Books.


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