“Welcome to JaeFlem!” As I was walking in, I was cordially greeted by a professional voice and a shining smile from behind the bar. I returned the appropriate pleasantries and was given a menu to peruse. “Queen, what do you do?” I explained I was a teacher by trade, but a poet in my spare time. “Oh, okay. You know what I’d love to do here at the restaurant? Host a poetry night! There isn’t anything like that here in the parish. Ooooh, you should help us do this!” These were the words that started the #EPICPoetry movement. This compilation project is a sharing of art, a coming out for some, but most of all – a labor of love of and for poetry. Please enjoy our attempt to empower readers through poetry – to persevere by using this creative writing craft to impact our communities and connect with our people.