Jemayne Lavar King, a native of Franklin, Virginia is a 2017 TEDx speaker finalist, and a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. King’s first poem, “Richard Morgan Flier,” was published in 2002, followed by the books Sole Food: Digestible Sneaker Culture, Life Within the Dorm and Other College-Related Poems, Managing Relationships: Bridging the Communication Divide, and 20 First Dates: The Poetic Mixtape. King is the creator of the world’s first collegiate English course dedicated to identification within Sneaker Culture. Professor King holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/News Media from Elizabeth City State University, and a Master of Arts in English/Literature from Virginia State University. He is currently a candidate for a PhD in Literary Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, King became an ambassador for the American Heart Association, when he won the organization’s Lifestyle Change Award. Serving via lifetime membership of the Elizabeth City State University and Virginia State University Alumni Association, King is also a member of the United States Press Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. He is also Producer/Co-Host of “The Gentleman and The Jerk” Podcast via the A Plus Entertainment Group. King resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he operates Sole Food Brand LLC, and lectures as an English professor at Johnson C. Smith University.