Thank you Cornell College

Frankies show is one the of the most dynamic and energy filled I have ever seen. He really pumps up the crowd and feeds off what we give him. He reminded me that poets regardless of experience can inspire each other.

~ Zaria Evans, Cornell College, President- Lyrically Inclined Poetry Club

I was in the middle of studying for my midterm, but the whole time I couldn’t help but stop my studying to listen to your powerful words. What I witnessed was powerful words that are able to move people and connect souls.

~ Glorisette Santiago Rivera, Cornell College

The energy that Frankie Soto brought to campus was incredible. Through his open mic and personal performances, students and staff felt encouraged and inspired to create their own poetry. Several peers told me something along the lines of “Frankie Soto is DOPE” after his performance. There is no better way to put it.

Randy William Santiago, Cornell College, President-Union Latinx Organization

Thank you University of Dubuque

Thank you University of Dubuque


“I was truly moved by Frankie’s humility, generosity and genuine interest in my students. When he visited my class, he led a writing exercise that gave students the chance to express themselves in a way that many had never done before, and they learned new truths about one another in the process. When he performed, he invited several students to perform on the open mic, including some who had never written or shared a poem before. For Frankie, poetry is not only about self-expression, but about community-building, justice and inclusion. I was so grateful for his presence in our university community, and I hope he will come back”

– Jeannine Pitas, Professor of English & Spanish, University of Dubuque

“Thank you. The poem I believe titled “Underwear Diaries”, it was really impactful especially since growing up with sisters. It was all so powerful and hit home with me. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you very much. Your work is amazing and I enjoyed it a lot.”

– Raven, University of Dubuque

“Frankie engages the crowd with his poetry but also transforms the audience into part of the production. A truly awesome talent, we can’t wait to have him again”

– James Sizer, Director of Multicultural Engagement, University of Dubuque

“I would first like to say thank you for coming to UD. Your poetry was filled with passion and was relatable no matter someones background. I truly enjoyed them and it was simply just emotions put into words. It was wonderful”


– Nani, University of Dubuque

Thank you Coe College

Thank you Coe College


“It was such a pleasure to meet you and hear such great poetry. I really want to thank you for encouraging me to share some poetry. I was nervous to do 1 and ended up being really excited and doing 2 poems. I was so inspired by your words. I hope to hear more of your poetry and have you come back here.”

– Katrina Robles, Coe College

“Your poetry has a way of speaking all our pains and insecurities into existence. It allowed us to feel and be open with each other while bringing a group of students closer than we’ve ever been. Thank you for making the time to visit us.”

– Qiqi, Coe College

“Thank you so much Frankie for speaking in front of us with your beautiful words. I hope you wake up everyday feeling blessed, realizing you have this amazing gift. It was an honor to meet you. Your message is truly inspiring. I hope you have an amazing and long career doing what you do best with your poetry. Please come back to our campus soon! “

– Isaacc Davis, Coe College

Thank you University of Colorado

“Thank you for coming out to close our events for Black History Month. I could see how much everyone enjoyed your performance and your enthusiasm and persistence to get people to read their own poems. I cannot begin to thank you enough”

– Lea Admasu, University of Colorado, Blake Student Alliance


“I enjoyed every second. Thank you for letting me get the opportunity to stand up. Last night was so inspiring. The show really allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and feel comfortable around people. Overall great experience and I can’t wait for the next one now”

– Eric Khat, University of Colorado

“His words well from a deep compassion of the people around him. It shows in his performance and presence. Frankie embodies the combo that makes Spoken Word so powerful. Love and Ferocity”

– Sushia Rahimizadeh, University of Colorado

Thank you Duquesne University

“It was thrilling and it possessed a very deep understanding of social issues that persist today. It was eye opening, interactive and artistically graceful!”

– Emmanuel Joey Apea, Duquesne University

“I appreciated the way you engaged and connected with the audience before and in between each poem. Your performances were inspirational and motivational and help emphasize the powerful messages in your poems.”

– Charley Peppers, Duquesne University

“The show was amazing. The poems were honest and empowering. They make you think and reinforces the pride of us as a people and reminds us of the core purpose of why we are here”

– Mark Wallace, Duquesne University

“We are truly fortunate that Frankie was able to serve as the keynote presenter at our annual Black Love Day. Frankie’s energy, outlook and overall positive vibe was remarked by everyone in attendance. His words made us reflect deeply and the impact of his talents were felt for many days after his appearance on our campus. We highly recommend Frankie as he is very professional, committed to his craft and nothing short of a joy to work with”.”

– Jeff Mallory, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Duquesne University

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