Doug M. Brooks is an African American poet, playwright and novelist out of Huntington, WV. Huntington Junior college graduate in business management 2003, he transformed a hobby and love for writing into a career goal and enrolled in Marshall University studying English/Writing.
He published his first novella, Wake up Call—Before the Rooster’s Wake in November 2004 and authored several volumes of poetry, plays and short stories. He hosts a blog-talk radio show once a week on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Water-Blakmon (When My Pen has been dipped in issues-poetry, and Love War & Relationships) under his pseudonym Water Blakmon.
He is the senior editor of www.voicequarterly.com an art and literature quarterly and Word Up a writer’s group consisting of middle school high school and adult students who learn creative writing and a new form of poetry; Hiphopetry. Doug M. Brooks is a community activist who gives back and contributes to his community by volunteering for various groups and non-profit organizations that promote the arts.
Plays authored by Doug M. Brooks include: Intelligent Hoodlum a one-act drama about domestic abuse and a redemptive struggle of a man ex-communicated from his church. Soulmates is a two act tale of two couple’s search for love, success and faith. Tear struck is a one act drama about a young man’s struggle to juggle his career and support his terminally ill daughter. They both find their ways of also coping with the ******* of her estranged mother with a mental illness.