My name is Chenae Lavette. I am a native of Camden, NJ. I started writing poetry at age 11 when my cousin was killed in North Philadelphia, PA. After his death, I found poetry to be an outlet and over the years, I allowed God to expand my writing so it could be a message to the faint at heart.
My first stage was St. John Baptist Church in Camden, NJ at age 14. After my first performance, I became a regular at Poetry in the Park, an event given for young poets in the New Jersey area. Eventually, I went on to win my high school talent show and soon after, I won my first college talent show and was known as the "Poetry Girl" when I attended Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, NC.
I've done many speaking engagements from small churches, the infamous Bus Boys and Poets, and I had the honor of ministering for Sybrina Fulton (the mother of Trayvon Martin). I published my first book in 2013 entitled Vent: The Different Faces of Me and my second book in 2016 entitled "I Almost Held On." I plan to have my third book entitled "Woman" published in the spring of 2019.
My favorite scriptures are Romans 8:31, "If God is for you who can be against you," and Philippians 4:6-7, "Be anxious for nothing but in everything through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." I love to write from my heart to reach the hearts of others.