“Lawrence Dinkins (NSAA) is a Detroit transplant to Sacramento, and began writing poetry here a few decades ago. A dynamic performance poet (who describes his style as neo-folk spoken word), he has recorded two CDs: NSAA Live (The Mario Ellis Hill Recordings) and ElectroPoeticCoffee, with guitarist Ross Hammond. He organized and hosted poetry and 3 spoken word events for over twenty years, notably at Luna’s Café and at the Mahogany Urban Poets series. His Open Mic Sketchbook chronicles his hosting events in photographs, art and poetry. He has also worked for years on the tech end of things as a photographer, videographer and podcaster. His selected poems, Warrior Poet, was published by Random Lane Press in 2019.”

Patrick Grizzell

“NSAA (Lawrence Dinkins, Jr.) was born in Detroit, Michigan. After coming to Sacramento, he studied writing at Sacramento City College, and he has been writing poetry for nearly twenty years. Lawrence has served on the board of the Sacramento Poetry Center, and he has hosted monthly poetry events at both Mahogany Urban Poetry and Luna’s Café. Lawrence has published three collections with little m press, and his new and selected poems, Warrior Poet, was published by Random Lane Press.”

Dr. Andy Jones