I'm a poet from Texas. Although I have always loved poetry, I would have never imagined being on the path that I'm on today. At the age of 16, I suffered a catastrophic injury on the football field leaving me to be quadriplegic. It caused a tremendous shift in my life, changing my goals and vision of success. Even at that moment publishing my poetry was far from my mind. I just knew that it gave me an outlet and made me feel a sense of comfort. As I began sharing my poetry, I learned that it became a safe haven for others that read or listened to it. My first book was an anthology that brought 12 poets together from the North Texas area. I want to continue to go from region to region and state to state, gathering poets and giving them an opportunity to tell their story. I also want to become an open book to others by continuing to share my story through my poetry. I also want to become an open book to others by continuing to share my story through my poetry.