Atypcl: Joel A. Brown Raised in Milwaukee, Joel A. Brown has been writing since the age of 7, but did not consider it a vocation until the age of 17. Joel approaches his craft from a spiritual perspective instead of as an academic discipline. In a word, he describes his poetry as 'authentic.' His poetry is a unique blend of urbanism, sensuality, and spirituality, which speaks to life and it's varied nuances. 'I don't know what I don't feel,' says Joel, 'so my poetry is strictly my truth being revealed.' He has 300+ poems to date, and spends his time traveling and performing at poetry events, schools, civic celebrations, and spiritual gatherings, both locally and nationally. In 2003, Joel launched a community arts project called 'Souletry": an enterprise which provides poetry workshops and offers young people-particularly African-American, LGBT and at-risk youth-the opportunity to express themselves in creative space. He has been published in various urban magazines and literary publications, and usually performs under his stage name, 'Atypcl,' which is largely indicative of his multi-cultural identity. In June 2005, he released his first CD of poetry, "Lucid Intervals." In June 2009, he has completed his second CD, "Simplexity," and is scheduled to publish his first book, "Wordsmith In a Lighted Room," in the Fall of 2009. 'Lucid Intervals' is actually the title of my first volume of poetry, which I began writing during my last year of high school. Since the phrase represents the starting point in my artistic journey, I thought it would be the appropriate title for my first CD. In a word, this CD is metaphysical, and represents the seconds, minutes, and hours of a particular time in my life. It is contemplative, warm, and sensual. It is meandering and thoughtful. Lucid Intervals is for anyone looking to delve into more thoughtful and introspective terrain.