University of Vermont!! Thank you

“I attended your performance tonight with my sister and we just wanted to say that your work is amazing!!! We come from South Africa but we could really relate to your material and we were touched by every poem. Keep doing
what you’re doing because your words inspire!”

~Courtney Janeison, University of Vermont

“I just want to thank you very much for coming to UVM tonight! Thank you for your powerful poems, life stories and everything else. Noche de Cultura wouldn’t have been an amazing event without you!! “

~Ruth, University of Vermont

“Thank you so much. I mean it when I say you were the best performers and realest people I have ever seen here at UVM. I was excited for Noche de Cultura but had no idea that you were going to make the kind of impact you did. The room was loud and once you started performing it became so quiet and you had everyone’s full attention. Everyone was buzzing about you after the show and even the day after we couldn’t stop talking about you. I don’t know where your next show is but people need to make sure they bring you to their school!! It is a no brainer! Hope to have you back sooner than later. Keep moving hearts and minds.

~Adam, University of Vermont

Thank you University of New Haven

“I love your genuine spirit and energy. Your connection between yourself and yours fans is something real. I like how you went to
different places and perspectives. You touched on so many points that allowed me to feel so many emotions. The fact you were able to be so vulnerable and open up is very impressive. You really have a serious talent and passion.”

Jameson, University of New Haven

“I just felt very proud last night. You highlighted topics that are so relevant and it just made me feel proud of my skin. Proud to be a Latina, and you have a gift! Thank you so much for coming.”

Giselle, LASA, University of New Haven

“I really felt inspired and connected with many of the poems. It’s hard to sometimes effectively communicate feelings and those poems put into words what I have experienced and could never express.”

Cindy Zhunio, President of LASA, University of New Haven

New Poem “I am Michael” on Michael Bennett & Racial Profiling. Please Read & Share.

I am Michael

I’ve never heard freeze! Put your motherfucking
hands up, followed by an inquiry on the status of
your bank account.

Never seen handcuffs hesitate to turn your wrists
boneless based on your master degrees, PHD’s
or basic fact that your innocence isn’t credible

if your uniform is the opposing team. You think
they thought Michael Bennett was Seattle
Seahawk or just too dark to not be suspicious.

You think they pinned him down as an audition tape
For ESPN game day or that their ESP was so utterly
Unworldly they could spot guilty from his stride.

Call his legs probable cause for the urgency in
which they run. I suppose bullets don’t typically
ignite hysteria in tight spaces or that the holes
in his jeans were bigger then ones in their reports.

Maybe plaid on a black man triggers an aggressive
response similar to red for a Bull. Or maybe it’s
so systemically rehearsed to tolerate the same Bull,

where scattering for safety can take you from victim
to suspect. I guess his black was too athletic. Body frame
quicker than the herd that stampeded out in disarray.

Figured his dark tones makes him immune to fear. Use to
being a target. That when gun shots rung in
his ears they don’t impulsively scream evacuate at all costs.

You think they seen how many Quarterbacks he sacked for
a loss. Think they are fans of division rivals settling a score.
or is this a rivalry that isn’t fair at all. You think they notice
his beard under the helmet or is the logo as far as it goes.

You think his accolades make him bulletproof. Does his
Wikipedia page show his statistics when yelling.

“If you move I will blow your fucking head off”

Does the gun know he has been a Pro Bowler. Does it sense
his financial equity and decide to go limp. Is that why
poor black boys always end up dead?

When he cried I am innocent. Did you check your fantasy
team to see how many points he accrued. Did you sense
the underlining sadness that a man who is cheered by millions
can’t be saved by being paid millions.

Money doesn’t disguise blackness. I guess it’s easier for you
to decipher nigger then human. Excuse my language.
I didn’t say it. Your gun did. Your suspicion did.

For a man who makes a living taking people down. All he
he wanted to do was get back up.

Do you think his savings account could pick the handcuffs open. Do
you think the badges flickered like a light house guiding a ship to
safety. Was there any remorse when he was forced to sink. Did you
ask him if the concrete was harder than turf?

Ask his spine how do you like your knee?

Pressed or in peace.

One was demonstrated on him and one he decided
To demonstrate.

Now guess which makes people more uncomfortable.


©Frankie A. Soto


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

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